Fear. . .that is what the Republican Party loves to use- fear. And while it is not fear of a giant battle station the size of a small moon that they love to use to instill fear into people, they still require copious amounts of fear in order to push their agenda. This is why it is not surprising that the ill-named Bi-Partisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) has “filed a motion to halt proceedings in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, GLAD’s second DOMA challenge, which is currently awaiting a ruling in federal court in the District of Connecticut.”
BLAG is the group that House Speaker John Boehner created in order to give legitimacy to his campaign of anti-LGBT bigotry. The efforts that he has undertaken has already squandered millions of dollars that the United States can ill afford to spend.
GLAD, though, is not going to give up on this. They stated that:
Rest assured, GLAD will vigorously oppose this motion.
Our plaintiffs, six married couples and a widower, from Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, are already being denied federal benefits only because of DOMA – they should not be denied access to justice. Not by BLAG or anyone else.
While BLAG tries to thwart this case, Jerry Passaro continues to be denied his late husband’s pension. Anne Meitzen continues to be unable to go on her wife Joanne Pedersen’s health insurance. Lynda DeForge continues to be unable to care for her wife Raquel Ardin because she can’t get Family Medical Leave.
Moments like these remind us of how important it is to be ready for any development, any curveball our opponents throw at us. And how grateful we are for your steadfast support, for giving us the resources we need to respond to new developments, and to have challenged DOMA in the first place.