House Republican leaders have agreed to triple the budget for defending in court The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, gay weekly the Washington Blade reported.
The contract modification, which took effect on October 1, authorizes up to $1.5 million to defend the law.
In March, House Speaker John Boehner appointed and led a committee that instructed House counsel to defend the law in court after the Obama administration announced it would no longer do so. The president has said he believes the law that bans federal recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.
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