Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas praised Republican House leadership for their efforts to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
"Last night, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) convened and decided that the House should pursue a legal defense of DOMA," Congressman Huelskamp said. "As a result of this action, the House will make sure that our courts, not the President, evaluate the constitutionality of the law."
"In the U.S., it is not left to the discretion of any president to decide whether or not a law is constitutional. Instead, it is the responsibility and privilege of the courts to do so.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp represents the First District of Kansas. He was the author of the Kansas Marriage Amendment, which passed overwhelmingly and with record turnout in April 2005.
The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by the U.S. House and Senate with bipartisan majorities in 1996. It was signed into law by President Clinton shortly thereafter.