Religious Right Doubles Down on DOMA
If Jerry Falwell’s Liberty U gets involved then we could end up with slimy Phill Kline as the Pro DOMA attny. Don’t remember Phill? He’s the theocrat wingnut who as AG for Kansas was accused of improperly releasing court documents to Fox News during O’Reilly’s “Tiller the Killer” phase.
Now that Pres. Obama has abandoned his administration’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, activists on both sides of the marriage equality fight are lobbying the only ones left to defend the act: Congress.
To defend “God’s design” for marriage, religious right outfits like the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the National Association of Evangelicals have circulated emails urging their supporters to urge Congress “to stand up for the Defense of Marriage Act by supporting a resolution that authorizes Congress to intervene in the ongoing litigation challenging DOMA.”
On the other side, the Human Rights Campaign and Get Equal are urging supporters to write their lawmakers to urge them “to focus on job creation, rather than on discrimination.”
The NAE underscores the urgency of requests from both sides:
Congress now has 30 days to decide whether it will defend DOMA in judicial lawsuits. The House of Representatives, the Senate, or both, can appoint legal counsel to defend DOMA in the courts. If Congress fails to do so, the judge’s ruling will stand.
Conservative legal firms are hoping if Congress acts that they will get the chance to be that appointed legal counsel: