Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dems take on DOMA defense

As you may be aware, because the Obama DoJ is not defending DOMA in court, Congress has the right to do so.  Thus,the Republican House (over the protest of the Democrats) hired and expensive lawyer who is fighting all the DOMA cases in the country (there are six cases;  see my previous posts for more DOMA info).

And the briefs that the lawyer, Paul Clement, has filed are full of the same, tired bullshit.  You know, the discredited lies of fringe "experts".  The distortions of real academic work (leading to the scientists involved to protest that their work is being misused).

Now, the Democrats in the House are demanding answers about this, which is being done in OUR name as taxpayers (and costing us a heckuva lot of money).  From the Advocate:
A contingent from Congress, including all four of the gay members, wrote to Boehner demanding a chance to confront the lawyer with what they say is "discredited" and "biased" research on homosexuality that was used in a legal brief representing Congress in court.....

 Now several Democrats — Tammy Baldwin, David Cicilline, John Conyers, Barney Frank, Jerrold Nadler, and Jared Polis — say Clement doesn't represent them or even the scientists he cites in his legal arguments.

"It is incumbent upon all lawyers — especially those paid for by taxpayers and responsible for representing a branch of our government — to undertake representation in an objective manner that is factually and legally supportable," they wrote to Boehner. "Unfortunately, the outside counsel that you have retained have filed pleadings containing arguments and assertions that are troubling and appear to fall short of this standard."

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