U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White wanted to videotape the legal proceedings of Golinski v. United States Office of Personnel Management, a case where federal court employee Karen Golinski’s wife got denied health benefits because of the Defense of Marriage Act. But to videotape the proceedings Judge White needed the consent of both the plaintiff and the defendant. Golinski’s legal team agreed. The Republican-led Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group appointed by House Speaker John Boehner however… not so much.
DOMA defender House General Counsel Kerry Kircher signed a filing on behalf of BLAG preferring “not to participate in this district’s pilot project permitting video recording of courtroom proceedings.”
In response Tara Borelli, a Lambda Legal attorney representing Golinski said, “We believe the harm DOMA causes daily deserves an open and public hearing, as do the arguments put forth by those using taxpayer dollars to try to perpetuate this discrimination. It is telling that the proponents of discrimination are unwilling to subject their arguments to a full and public airing.”
You’d think that the so-called defenders of marriage would want their fellow Americans to understand the legal procedures behind a law intended to “protect children”. But no.
In related news however, the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA now has 122 cosponsors—two more than it had last term when it was first introduced. It needs 218
sponsors votes to pass the House and 51 to pass the Senate. Right now only 30 Senators behind it.
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