Boehner's "Hope" Is For More State Bans on Gay Marriage

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June 26 2013 12:06 PM

Boehner's "Hope" Is For More State Bans on Gay Marriage

Here's House Speaker John Boehner's statement on the historic day at the Supreme Court:

“Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and President Clinton signed it into law. The House intervened in this case because the constitutionality of a law should be judged by the Court, not by the president unilaterally. While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
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