Boehner to DOJ: Defend DOMA or we might cut funding

posted at 6:45 pm on October 7, 2011 by Tina Korbe

To judge by the Justice Department’s decision to ignore it and the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off federal military bases, you’d think no federal law to define marriage as between one man and one woman — and to prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions — even existed. Yes, debate about whether the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional is ongoing and, yes, Democrats right now are working to repeal it. But I can think of at least one other major piece of legislation like that (Obamacare!) — and, to my knowledge, it’ll still be enforced while the debate rages.

That’s why I found House Speaker John Boehner’s reiterated support for DOMA at the Values Voter Summit today so refreshing. He, at least, appears committed to the law as passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton:

“We’re going to take the money away from the Justice Department, who’s supposed to enforce it, and we’ll use it to enforce the law,” Boehner told the conservative Value Voters Summit. …

Boehner is engaged in an ongoing dispute with Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act. President Obama has taken the stance that the law is unconstitutional. While the Justice Department usually defends laws passed by Congress against legal challenges, the Obama administration has stopped defending DOMA while Democrats work to repeal the law.

In March, Boehner announced that if Obama wouldn’t defend DOMA, he would, hiring a private law firm to defend it on behalf of the House.

Before today, I wasn’t aware Boehner had stepped forward to address the DOJ’s disappointing dismissal of DOMA — I thought the DOJ just pretty much single-handedly and in effect repealed the law — but his commitment to DOMA as long as it stands makes me think Boehner might also be one to consider answering the call of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. That group has asked Congress to enact conscience protections to ensure military chaplains are never forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate the tenets of their faith. How ’bout it, Speaker Boehner?


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In just a couple of very long years, we’ve gone from a nation of laws, to a nation ruled by diktat.

Jason Coleman on October 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

It shouldn’t have taken this long, Speaker Boehner.

The administration and its justice arm broadcast their intent to thwart the law as passed by the legislature and signed by the President, and you allowed months to pass before taking a stand.

You are a weak leader, and need to be replaced.

Michele Bachmann for Speaker of the House.

IronDioPriest on October 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Defund DOJ to save lives in Mexico.

mad saint jack on October 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Shot over da Bow!!

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

“We’re going to take the money away from the Justice Department…”

Maybe he should do that for the ‘Fast and Furious’ investigation as well…

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

For me it’s not about DOMA in particular. It’s about the principle of one part of the government deciding it will no longer enforce or defend federal law. A very slippery slope.

amerpundit on October 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Laws. What laws?

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CW on October 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Boehner’s threats have the same relevance as a six year olds threat to beat up a US marine. Amusing, but not terribly meaningful.

sharrukin on October 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Give ‘em hell Mr. speaker . . . If Reid can kick his opposition in the crotch then why can’t the speaker do the same. Contemporary politics are not for weak sisters or the feint of heart.

rplat on October 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

They should have defunded the DOJ the day Holder refused to enforce the case against the New Black Panther party for voter intimidation…

… Now look where we are at.

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Now, about that F&F SWORN testimony before the House, AG Holder…

Khun Joe on October 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

This is the thing that gets the GOP fired up to go after the DOJ? Sure I applaud it but cripes, there is a laundry list that should have spurred action long before this.

Bishop on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Value Voters Summit, Morning SessionOct 7, 2011
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Conservative leaders and Republican presidential candidates spoke at the Values Voter Summit.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)*
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)*
Lt. General Benjamin Mixon (Ret.),

3 hours, 30 minutes
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http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ValueV

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Michele Bachmann for Speaker of the House.

IronDioPriest on October 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

oh he11 no. Figures this comes from someone with three of the worst bands in his moniker. Well, except for Judas Priest. They rule. And Iron Maiden was pretty cool, too.

John the Libertarian on October 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

OT-Beck and Palin in a speech in St. Louis-it will have livestream and talk radio is going on right now. Go to my link for the info…which Allahpundit wrote about this a month ago.

Carry on!

ProudPalinFan on October 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Me thinks this aleady in the bho’s to take down our Republic. How and what can we do? Does the next election help? My heart aches, but from my faith, this is expected. We, who have faith need to talk to God to see it what He wants?
L

letget on October 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

You are a weak leader, and need to be replaced.

Michele Bachmann for Speaker of the House.

IronDioPriest on October 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Are you back on drugs?
Boehner is really stepping up…more than any other Republican speaker in recent memory, especially against a dem president.
I am impressed, and pleasantly surprised…Bachmann is a whiner, not a leader, she had her chance and didn’t cut it.

right2bright on October 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

On CSPAN,Boehner comes in at,slide the video bar thingy,to

(22:23)percisely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM

They should have defunded the DOJ the day Holder refused to enforce the case against the New Black Panther party for voter intimidation…

… Now look where we are at.

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

This is the thing that gets the GOP fired up to go after the DOJ? Sure I applaud it but cripes, there is a laundry list that should have spurred action long before this.

Bishop on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

These!

capejasmine on October 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Laws! We don’t need no stinking laws! We have started the revolution just ask van jones and soros. This is not going to end well.

tim c on October 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Romney’s team stacked with radicals.

Key Romney Advisers Advocate War With Iran,

Spathi on October 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Romney’s team stacked with radicals.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/07/338979/romney-advisers-war-iran

Key Romney Advisers Advocate War With Iran

Spathi on October 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM

This probably started when some PC Palace Prince at the Pentagon rolled over when a gay soldier asked if they could “get married” aboard base.

Rather than say DOMA is still the law, the PC crowd said “Sure”.

Same thing has happened in Kalifornia. People voted that “marriage” was between a man and a woman. When Jerry Brown was AG, HE decided it was unconstitutional and refused to defend the law when it was challenged in court. His replacement, lesbian Kamil Harris has also refused to defend it.

Odd, I thought they took an oath to defend the law when they took office. Guess not.

GarandFan on October 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Tina, Tina, Tina …

Remember this quote from John Boehner last February at CPAC?

“Next week we are going to cut $100 BILLION DOLLARS from this year’s budget! WRITE THAT DOWN! $100 BILLION and we aren’t going to stop there!!”

Boehner goes to these conservative gatherings of the clan – and pretty much speaks boisterously just like a clan Chieftain does – then he goes home and goes to sleep.

In any case – I can certainly tell for sure that his statement about cutting funding to DOJ isn’t as “gung ho” as his statement was on cutting the budget – so you can pretty much expect he’ll take no action on this.

HondaV65 on October 7, 2011 at 7:17 PM

On CSPAN…..

Eric Canter comes in at (36:00)

Rick Santoriun(02:57:00)

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Bishop,

This is the thing that gets the GOP fired up to go after the DOJ?

No f*cking kidding. I’m sure even died in the wool social conservatives would prefer to see the DOJ defunded over Fast and Furious stonewalling or their selective enforcement of voter intimidation laws.

Mike Honcho on October 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

ProudPalinFan on October 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Pssst She’s not running.

CW on October 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Rick Perry Remarks at Values Voter SummitOct 7, 2011
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Republican 2012 presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke at the Values Voters Summit.

Governor Perry’s speech begins in progress, due to a signal loss.
(Video:21:00)

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/RickPerry

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM

HondaV65 on October 7, 2011 at 7:17 PM

But I wrote it down…

NotCoach on October 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Allahpundit: What Would Darwin Do?

Knott Buyinit on October 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

This program has not yet aired.Herman Cain Remarks to Values Voter SummitOct 7, 2011
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NOT YET AIRED,as soon as its available,will post it here later!!!!!!!——————:)

CSPAN
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http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301956-5

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I have a feeling this is in part due to Boehner’s knowledge that the DOJ is under fire these days. Turn up the temp!

PattyJ on October 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM

To judge by the Justice Department’s decision to ignore it and the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off federal military bases,
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Navy Says Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions
May 10, 2011
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http://www.military.com/news/article/navy-says-chaplains-may-perform-same-sex-unions.htm

Military Chaplains may Perform Same-sex Unions
September 30, 2011
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http://www.military.com/news/article/2011/military-chaplains-may-perform-same-sex-unions.htm

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Pssst She’s not running.

CW on October 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

No chit Sherlock! Trust me to Rush she’s dead and to me…meh, gotta do what I gotta do. Will move on soon. I think Beck’s speech will be the best. Wonder if she’ll be booed.

ProudPalinFan on October 7, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I think Beck’s speech will be the best. Wonder if she’ll be booed.

ProudPalinFan on October 7, 2011 at 7:41 PM

…………………………………………………………………………………

You don’t pick up on obvious sarcasm very well do you?

CW on October 7, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Pandering. Nothing more. They wouldn’t cut ObamaCare funding. They won’t cut DoJ funding.

Scott H on October 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Boehner to DOJ: Defend DOMA or we might cut funding

John, We and the Democrats are laughing at you. Occasionally you have to follow through with your threat instead of a prompt surrender.

Your $100 billion budget cut: Actual cut was virtually nothing.

Your debt ceiling deal: Obama gets $2.4 trillion immediately in exchange for $88 billion in “cuts” this year, worthless Democrat promises of future spending cuts and a commission. Is it possible to make a worse deal?

RJL on October 7, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Our fearless leader.

wtf

sesquipedalian on October 7, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Herman Cain Remarks: to Values Voter Summit Oct 7, 2011
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Republican 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke at the Values Voters Summit.
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(Video 29 Min.)

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/CainRemar

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Cain revists the Wall Street comment,gawd,I love it!!
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Herman Cain Move Protests To the White House
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Hell yeah!! WHY? Because it is OBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA’S FAULT
Added: 4 hours ago Occurred On: Oct-7-2011
(Video Clip)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a6e_1318026458

canopfor on October 7, 2011 at 11:04 PM

If Obama is convinced the law is unconstitutional, he owes it to his oath of office not to enforce it. Consider the conservative complaints about Bush’s signing McCain-Feingold despite believing it was unconstitutional.

But I suspect this is really a policy decision tarted up in constitutional drag.

PersonFromPorlock on October 8, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Yeah. Right. Boehner wouldn’t know how to cut spending if his life depended on it. Still time for a new Speaker.

Sporty1946 on October 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Spathi on October 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Calm down Spathi. If it comes down to it, I’ll go in your place.

hawkdriver on October 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Boehner is week kneed he may play some lip service but that will be all. He is of the old school repubs who have no real belief in what they say past the point of getting the votes needed to get elected then after that its just working with the Dems to make it look like they are trying, doing, or going to do something but not actually do anything. All the while the Dems who do believe in their stated ideology continue to push and “progress” their agenda.

God save us, I hope we get a leader and not another politician in the pres & other political positions as possible this cycle so we can begin to not just slow the socialist/communist “transformation” but actually stop and turn it back. Kinda like real budget cuts and not just PARTIAL increase cuts.

C-Low on October 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

First: Cut funding on general principle. Government needs to feel this downturn as much as the taxpayer who pays their bills, if not more so. (And we are feeling it, let me tell you. Just had a termination bloodbath at work. My department is next.) This should be built into every statement emanating from the purse-string-holding US House. Cut funding across the board. Every agency, department and benefit-rich pampered bureaudrone should feel it. Until we start hearing such statements from the segment of the government that the Right does control, we can’t hold out much hope that they’ll take the strong actions necessary for repeal of Obamacare, etc. Second: Cut funding for DoJ because they don’t do their duty with DoMA, sure, but also because they use our money to run operations that arm psycho-killer drug gangs resulting in hundreds of deaths. The US taxpayer should not be funding the double-goal of undermining the 2nd Amendment and, what I believe is the true goal of F&F — of which even the Right is in denial — giving advanced weapons to what amounts to paramilitary groups in an unstable country that shares a border.

curved space on October 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

No matter how anybody feels about the entire issue, the spectacle of the Executive Branch choosing to ignore laws with which it doesn’t agree is a terrible precedent.

Drained Brain on October 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Before today, I wasn’t aware Boehner had stepped forward to address the DOJ’s disappointing dismissal of DOMA…

Well you should have known.

Advice:
Don’t tell people about dumb things you do.
Don’t acknowledge ignorance of things you should have known when you learn of them.
Don’t tell readers what you thought when your heretofore publicly unknown thought is proven wrong.

You have a reputation as a qualified commentator to build and protect.

Akzed on October 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Before today, I wasn’t aware Boehner had stepped forward to address the DOJ’s disappointing dismissal of DOMA — I thought the DOJ just pretty much single-handedly and in effect repealed the law — but his commitment to DOMA as long as it stands makes me think Boehner might also be one to consider answering the call of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. That group has asked Congress to enact conscience protections to ensure military chaplains are never forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate the tenets of their faith. How ’bout it, Speaker Boehner?

Well said.

And I am exceedingly pleased that Boehner is taking this stance, as he is, in supporting the law of the land, DOMA, or otherwise said to be doing his job and honoring his oath of office, contrary to Holder and Obama.

Lourdes on October 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

No matter how anybody feels about the entire issue, the spectacle of the Executive Branch choosing to ignore laws with which it doesn’t agree is a terrible precedent.

Drained Brain on October 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yes, exactly. And the Presidential oath of office requires swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution…that means, enforce the laws, not thumb one’s nose at them as Obama (and Holder) have done. Holder, as “chief law enforcement officer” has made a laughing stock out of his position by simply pushing aside laws he is incompetent to uphold or doesn’t care to.

Lourdes on October 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

And go after the DOD for allowing gays to be married on our military bases.

Bullhead on October 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM