Barney Frank, who tends to annoy me (I was working on gays in the military in 1993 when Barney cut the DADT deal with Clinton, behind everyone’s back, while the rest of us were still fighting to free our troops – so I take Barney-hagiography with a big grain of salt, a ring of garlic and a wooden spike).
Having said that, Barney is right about John Boehner being responsible for our big DOMA victory yesterday in the Supreme Court.
More from HuffPost:
On Thursday, Frank, the first openly gay congressman, proposed that Boehner and the House Republicans’ choice to fight for DOMA was the beginning of the end for the anti-gay marriage law.
“Why was the court able to make a decision in one case [DOMA] and not the other [Prop 8]? The answer was John Boehner,” Frank said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“If you read page 11 of the opinion of the DOMA case, what Justice Kennedy says is, ‘Well, we couldn’t decide the other one [the Prop 8 case], but we can decide this one because the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the Republicans in the House demanding it, made the argument,’” Frank said. “And that allows us to decide it.”
When President Barack Obama announced in 2011 that his administration would no longer defend DOMA in court, Boehner and House Republicans stepped in to argue for the law.
“So we can thank John Boehner and the House Republicans for the most pro-gay decision ever,” said Frank.
And Barney’s not wrong on this one – check out what Justice Kennedy says on page 11 of the majority opinion – BLAG is the House group, run by Boehner, that decided to keep defending DOMA in court after the Obama administration refused. Note especially the first two sentence:
And a special big thanks for John Boehner’s DOMA lawyer, Paul Clement, who really botched this case big time. Of course, Clement still took millions in federal dollars for losing DOMA.
And keep in mind, Clement is the same guy who lost health care reform before the Supreme Court for the Republicans. So we can thank him for that victory too.