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White House Backs DOMA Defense By Paul Clement And House GOP

WASHINGTON — The White House is rejecting criticisms of a prominent conservative attorney’s decision to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of House Republicans, and standing behind recent comments by Attorney General Eric H…

WASHINGTON — The White House is rejecting criticisms of a prominent conservative attorney’s decision to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of House Republicans, and standing behind recent comments by Attorney General Eric Holder.

In Wednesday morning’s briefing with reporters — which was dominated by questions about President Obama’s birth certificate — Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House had no problem with House Republicans’ decision to hire former solicitor general Paul Clement to defend DOMA, which defines federal marriage as between one man and one woman.

The House took up the case after Holder announced in February that the administration would no longer argue in support of the law after concluding that it is unconstitutional.

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