Congressional Democrats on Monday took another shot at persuading House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) into dropping his legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bans marriage equality. It appears the effort will have little effect, however.
Six House Democrats sent Boehner a letter highlighting a Feb. 22 federal court decision that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. That, along with similar rulings, should be enough proof that Boehner should join their fight to repeal the law instead of defending it in court, the Democrats said. Boehner stepped in to defend the law in court on behalf of the federal government in March 2011, just after Attorney General Eric Holder deemed it unconstitutional and stopped defending it.