Just when you thought that Howdy-Doody-esque Republican House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t get any hotter for the Defense of Marriage Act, he and the Republican-led Bipartisan Legal Advisory Council (BLAG) went ahead and raised the amount of money they plan to pay Paul Clement and the DOMA defense team from $500,000 to $1.5 million! Let’s see what all that taxpayer money has gotten us so far.
1. Clement tried to sneak in the testimony of former NOM chair Maggie Gallagher in a way which would have kept her from being cross-examined.
2. A professor cited by Clement in a brief defending DOMA, Lisa Diamond, complained that her work was being distorted.
3. Clement is also citing – in a second hand fashion – junk science from discredited researchers. In his defense of DOMA, Clement cites the work of Case Western Reserve University law professor George W. Dent, Jr.
He also adds that Dent’s work contains citations to the thoroughly discredited research of both Paul “gay stuff gerbils in their anuses” Cameron and George “Rentboy” Rekers, and the work of The American College of Pediatricians, organization created to lend credibility to anti-gay junk science.
Boehner has tried to make himself look better by saying that he will pass off the $1.5 million costs to Obama’s Department of Justice since they first decided to stop defending the federal law in court, but no matter where the cost lands, American taxpayers are still the ones paying for it.
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