GOP Paying Law Firm $500K to Back Gay Marriage Ban

Nancy Pelosi calls it a waste of money
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2011 9:28 AM CDT
GOP Paying Law Firm $500K to Back Gay Marriage Ban
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – House Republicans have agreed to pay a law firm $520 an hour, to a maximum of $500,000, to defend the Defense of Marriage Act now that President Obama has abandoned it. Former Bush Administration solicitor general Paul Clement will head up King and Spalding's defense of the law, which forbids federal recognition of gay marriage, in roughly a dozen pending lawsuits, Politico reports. Politico has the contract here.

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The move drew a swift attack from Nancy Pelosi. “The hypocrisy of this legal boondoggle is mind-blowing. Speaker Boehner is spending half a million dollars of taxpayer money to defend discrimination,” a spokesman said. “If Republicans were really interested in cutting spending, this should be at the top of the list.” (Read more Defense of Marriage Act stories.)

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