As Speaker Boehner continues his legal boondoggle to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in the federal courts, he is batting 0 for 4. Today’s ruling in Windsor vs. U.S. marks the fourth loss for his lawyers as the court ruled that DOMA serves no rational purpose and is unconstitutional.
In Windsor vs. U.S., Speaker Boehner intervened in the case of Edie Windsor who was affected by DOMA to the tune of $350,000 after the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, of 44 years.
When Thea died, the federal government refused to recognize their marriage and taxed Edie’s inheritance from Thea as though they were strangers. Under DOMA, only an opposite-sex spouse who dies can leave her belongings, including the family home, to the other spouse without incurring estate taxes.
As a result of this boondoggle, taxpayers have been saddled with over $700,000 in attorney's fees.http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=5173