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House GOPs Secretly Increased DOMA Defense Spending Cap To $3M

h-o-rOn Monday, Democrats in the House of Representatives learned that Republican leaders went behind their backs to privately raise the spending cap to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the third time House GOPs have raised the cap, which was originally set at $500,000.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports:

A spokesperson for the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) confirmed that Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Chair the House Administration Committee, signed an updated contract to increase the spending cap to $3 million.

The revised contract reads, in part:
“It is further understood and agreed that, effective January 4, 2013, the aforementioned $2,750,000.00 cap may be raised from time to time up to, but not exceeding, $3,000,000.00, up on written notice of the General Counsel to the Contractor specifying that the General Counsel is legally liable.”

“From the start, the Republican-led campaign to defend DOMA has been a practice in futility and a waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

“We believe it is only a matter of time before this offensive law is a discarded relic of a bygone era,” Pelosi and Hoyer wrote. “We look forward to the day when this measure is declared unconstitutional by the highest court in the land and when all of America’s families can know the blessings of equal protection under the law.”

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear widowed 83-year-old lesbian Edie Windsor’s challenge to DOMA in March.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Rachel Maddow brought up a disturbing tactic by GOP to win 2016 and every election after that in this segment. Beware.


      Jan 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      Now, will the cowardly boys of the Log Cabin Republicans take out a full-page in the NYTimes to denounce this?

      to denounce this waste of time and money? this bigoted, prejudiced, anti-American, waste of time and money?

      ten bucks says the wimps won’t.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx

      @Little-Kiwi: They’re not wimps or cowards.

      They just care more about fitting in with the privileged people they grew up with and/or consider their peers than doing anything to advance equality for the other group they belong to (LGBT).

      Jan 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      Because they’re wimps and cowards, Joetx.

      The reality is that they’re not accepted, loved, nor embraced by “their peers”, nor families, nor political affiliates.

      they’re tolerated, and barely at that, as long as they toe the line and never rise up against the party’s abhorrent bigotry.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx

      @Little-Kiwi: Obviously, toleration is enough for them.

      Besides, I’d bet that in their dreams, toleration will lead to acceptance & possibly more.

      Delusion is a powerful thing, you know.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      SO powerful. Gay Republicans exist as a crystal-clear reminder of what a culture of anti-gay prejudice can reduce someone to.

      is there anything lower than a gay republican? they’re doormats for the scum of the country.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evji108

      So how do they raise this limit secretly? I wish the article had explained how this works. I am assuming it is legal, otherwise it could be challenged. Repubtards are just digging their own graves with this vehement opposition to any kind of gun control and gay marriage and abortion and immigration and etc etc. This is why they lost the last presidential election and this is why they will continue to do so until they start catching up with the reality of modern America.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bellerophon69

      Amazing! The GOP can’t spend money on firefighters for 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy, but they can find plenty of money to defend their prejudices!

      Jan 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      #7 see the link in post #1 if you want to see how the repubtards will win.

      Jan 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101

      Are the Log Cabiners going to take out a full page ad in the NYTimes denouncing this? Me thinks not!

      Where is BJFrisky and the other gay repugs to defend this?

      Jan 18, 2013 at 12:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wilberforce

      @Little-Kiwi: You are so wrong about this. Rich queens are not just tolerated. Their rich friends and family like them just fine. Bigotry is a trait of the trailer park crowd, not the polo set.
      GOProud and the Cabinettes just care more about their tax cuts and private fortunes than they do about gay rights. And they invent a bunch of nonsense to conceal their true motives.

      Jan 18, 2013 at 2:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aidan8

      @Wilberforce: While I agree with part of your post (#11), you can’t really think that bigotry is the exclusive domain of the poor and working-class. (I won’t use your obnoxious term for them) Bigotry runs through all income levels… it’s just expressed differently.

      Jan 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Little-Kiwi

      exactly, Aiden. Gay Republicans aren’t loved or accepted, by anyone. They’re merely tolerated. Spew racism, spew classism, spew anti-gay rhetoric, and then get allowed to sit at the table with your family for dinner. *fail*

      do their families like them? no. they like seeing how spineless they are. it becomes a spot.

      [email protected], indeed.

      Jan 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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