Will the highest court in the land rule in favor of gender-segregation in marriage or pro-gender marriage?
The roiling national debates over marriage and the Supreme Court may coincide, as the House of Representatives’ legal group has asked the High Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
On Friday, the House appealed to the Court’s justices to weigh in on the embattled law.
The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), which represents the House of Representatives, has taken the lead in defending the 1996 law after the Obama administration announced it would no longer seek to uphold the act in court. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement is heading up the legal defense.
BLAG’s request, which spans 35 pages in length, states that the federal government has “deep and abiding interest in encouraging responsible procreation and child-rearing,” because “only a man and a woman can beget a child together without external assistance.”
“Congress, of course, did not invent the meanings of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’ in 1996,” it states. “Rather, DOMA merely reaffirmed and codified the traditional definition of marriage, i.e., what Congress itself has always meant—and what courts and the executive branch have always understood it to mean.”