Speaker of the House agrees to defend DOMA

The Catholic News Agency is reporting that Speaker of the House John Boehner agreed yesterday to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court after the Obama administration refused to do so. He promise to convene a bipartisan legal advisory group to defend DOMA.

A letter dated March 3 from religious leaders urged him to do so. This letter was signed by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, and Protestant leaders including Dr. Glenn C. Burris, Jr. of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America, and RIchard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The letter was also signed by Dr. Tarunjit Singh, secretary general of the American Region of the World Sikh Council.

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