"Democrat Calls On Boehner To Drop DOMA Defense, Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting"
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) is urging House Speaker John Beohner (R-OH) to divert the $1.5 million he’s spending defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to assist in the Justice Department’s probe of the Trayvon Martin shooting. “We can spend some of that money and address ourselves to the issue in Florida where we could do some investigation and see if there are civil rights violations,” Honda said. The California lawmaker has previously requested a hearing into Beohner’s “irresponsible, backdoor use of taxpayer money to pay the private law firm Bancroft PLLC to represent the House in support of the constitutionally-questionable” law. The legal team that Boehner and the Republicans hired has come under harsh criticism for arguing that homosexuality is a choice, misrepresenting research, and relying on such experts as ex-gay advocate George Rekers and the National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher.