The House of Representatives has determined that its legal counsel will support the Defense of Marriage Act against legal challenges, following the Obama administration's announcement that it now regards the law as unconstitutional.
On March 9, a five-member House advisory panel voted to mount a defense of the law, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The bipartisan panel has the authority to advise the non-partisan General Counsel in taking legal action on behalf of the House of Representatives.
"After consultation with the Bipartisan Leadership Advisory Group, the House General Counsel has been directed to initiate a legal defense of this law," said House Speaker John Boehner (R - Ohio) in a March 9 statement.
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