For the last two years, Paul Clement has been trying to defend the enforced of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. federal courts. According to an October 22, 2012 New York Law Journal article the House Republicans have been paying high legal fees in an effort to keep DOMA legal and active.
DOMA is the much debated act that prevents the federal government from recognizing any same-sex marriage, even if the coupleâ€™s residential state allows it. It further allows each of the states to decide whether they would legally recognize same-sex marriages and unions.
Since 2011, DOMA has received a lot of media coverage. More specifically, the coverage focuses on the constitutionality of the act as to whether it violates the equal protection clause. Recently, the Obama administration announced it would no longer actively defend the principle of the act in the federal courts. This announcement led to the House Republicans stepping in and hiring a private legal team to defend the act.
As of now, the legal fees have reached roughly $1.5 million to defend the law. However, several courts have ruled against enforcing the act. There have been six decisions in both district and circuit courts revolving around DOMA. DOMA was struck down in all of the cases. Public opinion is changing and the House Democrats are pushing the Republicans to decide whether they need and should keep paying the legal bills to defend the act. Although the legal contract was capped at $1.5 million the fees are quickly approaching this limit. At this time, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear a DOMA-related case during this yearâ€™s session.
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