Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican leadership have announced they will no longer defend anti-marriage statutes in court. The admission that they’ve were handed their heads on a platter by the Supreme Court came in a court filing involving a case about veterans’ benefits statutes that ban recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages.
[T]he House has determined, in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend that statute,” lawyers for the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), controlled by House Republicans, wrote. BLAG has been mucking around in a handful of cases, defending sections of the Defense of Marriage Act. The group was responding to a request from the judge in this case to give “any reason” why the couple in question, Maj. Shannon McLaughlin, a judge advocate general in Massachusetts Army National Guard, and her wife, Casey, weren’t entitled to full benefits as a result of the Supreme Court ruling.
When contacted by Buzzfeed for comment, House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman said the “speaks for itself.”
Indeed, it cries “Uncle!”