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Bancroft Has Billed Nearly $1.5M for DOMA Defense

Posted Oct 22, 2012 7:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former Solicitor General Paul Clement and his law firm have charged House Republicans nearly $1.5 million to defend the Defense of Marriage Act for the past two years.

House Democrats released figures this week showing the charges by the Bancroft law firm, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. It is defending the law under a contract that caps fees at $1.5 million. “House Democrats say the Republicans must now decide whether to keep paying Bancroft,” the story says.

DOMA defines marriage as a union only between one man and one woman for purposes of federal laws and regulations. On Thursday, the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that section of the law violates the equal protection clause.

Bancroft has so far lost all six legal challenges to the law in district and federal appeals courts, the story says. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing whether to accept a DOMA case.

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