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(Washington, D.C.) – Log Cabin Republicans issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives appointment of a special counsel to act in defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act:

“Log Cabin Republicans has always stood against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, not only for its infringement upon the freedom of all Americans, but also as an unconstitutional intrusion on states’ rights,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans. “The decision by the House of Representatives to appoint a special counsel ensures that the legal process will be carried through and that the Courts will determine the constitutionality of this law, rather than selective judgment by the President. Given how controversial marriage equality remains at this time, with polls showing the nation evenly divided on the issue, nobody should be surprised that Congress has decided to exercise its legal right, and some would say duty, to defend the law. We are confident that this law will ultimately be overturned despite any defense presented by House counsel, and will continue to work with our allies in Congress to advocate for legislative repeal. With that decided, it is critical that Congress not waste anymore time on the president’s efforts to distract Republicans with divisive social issues, and instead return to working on the issues that matter most: jobs and the economy.”


Log Cabin Republicans is the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.