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Jubilant supporters of marriage equality here Monday said that, in hindsight, the glimmer of victory shone in defeats.
The latest ruling in the legal battle over California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, like all other rulings and semi-rulings and arguments and positions in the battle, has poked up a hornet's nest of cheers and complaints from supporters and opponents of gay marriage. Yet momentum in general seems to be turning fast against the anti-gay marriage forces and it is the same in the latest clash.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has contracted high-profile conservative attorney Paul Clement to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of House of Representatives. Boehner has agreed to pay Clement initially up to $500,000 to defend the law, although analysts say that figure is sure to rise. Colorado Springs Christian right organization Focus on the Family celebrated the arrangement, touting Clement's resume as one of the nation's top attorneys.