Washington, DC – In response to the House Republican Leadership promising action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) issued the following statement:

“I am encouraged that House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have acknowledged that the House of Representatives has an obligation to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.  I look forward to Friday’s announcement about what the House will do to ensure this law – that was passed with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans – will remain the law of the land,” Santorum concluded.

Senator Santorum first made the suggestion that House leadership should consider appointing a special counsel last week.  An article in USA Today states, “… Santorum called on House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a counsel representing the House of Representatives to ‘take up the cause and argue the cases’ in court.”

Politico also wrote about the issue, stating, “In a taped interview posted Monday, Boehner (R-Ohio) said the GOP-controlled House could appoint a special counsel to defend the law commonly known as DOMA, a suggestion first made by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).  ‘It’s an option being considered. …’ Boehner said during an appearance on The Christian Broadcasting Network. ‘I’d be very surprised if the House didn’t decide that they were going to defend law.’”

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