Is John Boehner Perjuring Himself (Over and Over Again) In DOMA Case?
Well, yes and no. When you take a peak at the Top 5 Homophobic Lies from Speaker of the House John Boehner’s DOMA briefs, it should be abundantly clear to you that the entire case for defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act is built upon absolutely egregious lies. (Gays make bad parents? Sexual orientation is a choice?) Ugh.
But because Boehner prepared these documents outside of the courtroom, and because attorney Paul Clement is the one actually bringing the arguments before a federal judge (His $500,000 bill is being payed with your tax dollars, by the way), Boehner is currently going completely unpunished for lying to a judge, to his country, and to you.
2. SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS A CHOICE: Clement’s argument against the immutability of sexual orientation is shallow and duplicitous. He points out that people “choose” to identify as gay, confusing selecting one’s orientation with identifying with it. He suggests that if sexual orientation were immutable, it could be determined at birth. And most deceptively, he implies that because scientists have not agreed upon a clear cause for sexual orientation,they do not have consensus that it is not a conscious choice — they do. He even attempts to tell Ms. Windsor that she is wrong about her own sexual orientation.
3. GAYS HAVE PLENTY OF POLITICAL POWER: Despite the fact that gays and lesbians constitute only a small percentage of the population and have been discriminated against by majority votes for decades, Clement tries to make the case that gays are not “politically powerless,” one of the qualifications for heightened scrutiny. By selectively highlighting successes and positive polling around LGBT equality, he paints a false picture of how rosy life is for gays and lesbians, snidely using the Department of Justice’s stance against DOMA to make his point.
4. SAME-SEX COUPLES MAKE BAD PARENTS: One of Congress’s rationales for passing DOMA was the idea of “responsible procreation,” the idea that opposite-sex couples were better suited to raising children and thus marriage was a privilege reserved for them. In order to defend this idea, Clement must challenge scientific consensus on the existing research that shows same-sex parents to be equally as effective, and so he does.
5. THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE MUST BE PROTECTED: Implicit in all arguments against marriage equality is the fear-mongering claim that somehow allowing same-sex couples to marry will destroy the “institution” of marriage. Indeed, Clement has made it clear he will argue that marriage must be “defended” from “redefinition.” He also implies that the benefits that same-sex marriages would be afforded would be an undue financial burden for the government.
We’ll just pause for a moment for you to absorb the bucket full of horse crap Boehner is pushing as truth in this case. Gays don’t face discrimination? Then why are you suing to openly discriminate against them? Gays have gads of political power? Then why is this case even happening?
Boehner’s lies are ridiculous, and we’re willing to put good money down on the judge agreeing with us in the end. The Justice Department has after all already declared DOMA to be unconstitutional. Boehner isn’t arguing to enact a new law discriminating against LGBT Americans. He’s fighting to reinstate a law that has already been cited as illegal. This battle was over before it began.
Now about that $500,000 being spent on a bogus lawsuit to defend an illegal law during our country’s biggest debt crisis ever…