Three House Republican leaders plan to challenge a recent court ruling which declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will challenge a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, which stated that a lesbian court employee’s partner was entitled to healthcare benefits. The attorney, Karen Golinski, had married her partner prior to the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which repealed marriage equality in the state.
Randy Thomasson of the anti-LGBT rights group SaveCalifornia.com praised the House Republicans’ decision to appeal, and told the evangelical Christian site OneNewsNow that White’s decision was “a judicial act of tyranny [that] must be appealed”. In his original ruling, White wrote that “[t]he fact that the issue is socially divisive does nothing to relieve the judiciary of its obligation to examine the constitutionality of the discriminating classifications in the law.”
Randolph Macon Professor Dave Brat has made headlines for his unprecedented win in the bid for VA’s 7th congressional District seat, but while Eric Cantor’s stance on marriage equality was well known, Brat’s is still up for debate. In the “Protecting Values” section of his campaign’s website, Brat promises to “protect the rights of the [...]