U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 28, 2012. Boehner voiced optimism that Republicans could broker a deal with the White House to avoid year-end austerity measures, saying on Wedn
The cat got John Boehner's tongue, apparently.
You'd think when you'd invested millions of dollars in a court case and it was being heard before the highest court in the land, you might have something to say about that. Not if you're House Republican leadership and the case in question is the Defense of Marriage Act, though. Nina Totenberg reports:
Those defending DOMA have been strangely unwilling to make their arguments outside of the court. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, declined to be interviewed for this article, as did Clement and leading House members who voted for the law. Even Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who filed a friend of the court brief supporting DOMA, was unavailable for an interview.
It's not that Boehner and Hatch and the rest of them just have something against Totenberg, either. As of this writing, Boehner has been tweeting about Obamacare, an issue already decided by the Supreme Court, but not about the issue he and other House Republicans felt so strongly about that they decided to spend up to $3 million of taxpayer money to defend discrimination in court. Nothing from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, either. ThinkProgress ran a Nexis search and also came up empty, except for a brief, evasive quote from Boehner last week.

Apparently Republicans think DOMA is worth paying lawyers to defend in court, but not worth doing in public themselves.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:46 AM PDT.

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