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Price Responds to White House Decision to Abandon the Defense of Marriage Act


Location: Washington, DC

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

"Millions of Americans are still out of work and our economy is under considerable strain thanks to the burdens imposed by the Obama Administration's debt-inducing agenda in Washington," said Chairman Price. "Rather than focus its attention on working with Republicans to cut spending and get our economy moving again, the administration is diverting its attention and abandoning the government's defense of marriage. This announcement by the Obama Administration is a political move at a time when the American people need leaders in Washington working together to solve our great challenges. Those who have fought to redefine marriage have often relied on the court to legislate from the bench rather than through their duly elected representatives in both Congress and state legislatures. Today's action by the White House will only encourage others to use the courts as a springboard to enact an agenda outside the legislative branches of government. Once again, this demonstrates a woeful lack of leadership on the part of the president and his administration."

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