Republican House Speaker John Boehner
on Thursday told reporters that he doesn't expect House Republicans
will get involved in cases before the Supreme Court challenging gay
marriage bans in four states.
“I don't expect that we're going to
weigh in on this,” Boehner
said. “The court will make its decision, and that's why
they're there, to be the highest court in the land.”
House Republicans defended the federal
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the Supreme Court in 2013 after the
Obama administration said it would no longer. Through the Bipartisan
Legal Advisory Group, House Republicans poured $2.3 million into an
unsuccessful defense of the ban.
Congressional Democrats and the Obama
administration, through the Justice Department, have said they will
file briefs in support of plaintiffs, gay and lesbian couples who
wish to marry or have their marriages recognized in Ohio, Michigan,
Tennessee and Kentucky.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear
arguments in April and hand down a ruling in June.