House GOP Leaders Will Ask Supreme Court By the End of June to Take DOMA Appeal



House Republicans have signaled they plan to ask the Supreme Court by month's end to get involved in a constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

In a federal court filing Wednesday in Connecticut, the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group asked a judge to put on hold consideration of a pending lawsuit in that state over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The 1996 congressional law defines marriage for federal purposes as exclusively between a man and a woman.

... Lawyers for House Republicans, who have now picked up defense of DOMA, said pending court challenges in other jurisdictions should now be put on hold until the justices ultimately decide whether to take up the separate case from Massachusetts.

The first step would be for congressional leaders to formally ask the justices to intervene, by filing a so-called "petition for certiorari."

In their motion this week in the current Connecticut dispute, GOP leaders said they would do that "by the end of the month," predicting it would be a "good candidate for Supreme Court review."