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Boehner: Obama Wrong on Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, 09 Nov 2011 11:33 AM

By Jim Meyers and David A. Patten

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Speaker of the House John Boehner is highly critical of President Barack Obama and his administration for failing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and rules against illegal immigration.

“What this boils down to is selective enforcement, which I don’t really think they have the right to do,” Boehner tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

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“In practice they can just look the other way. But this is not the way our government was intended to work. Our government is intended that Congress would pass the laws, the president would get to decide whether he wanted to sign them or veto them, and then we have the federal court system there to make sure that the Constitution is being followed and the law are being enforced.

“In the case of [the Defense of Marriage Act], I believe the Congress passed the law, President Clinton signed it into law, and just because President Obama and the justice Department don’t believe it’s constitutional they’re not going to support this law in the federal court system.

“So the Congress is taking the position that if the Justice Department won’t fight these claims against it, then Congress ought to fund for this. And we have in fact taken money from the Justice Department so that we can file these briefs on our own so that we can defend the work of Congress and the president.”


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