Boehner’s decision is a response to President Barack Obama’s refusal to defend DOMA. A Department of Justice memo indicated the statute is unconstitutional and violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Five of the activists — Sean Watkins, Liz Mills, Karay Martin, Morgan Bonney and Jesse Bonney — refused to leave Boehner’s West Chester district office after they were denied an opportunity to meet with the speaker. His office also rejected a petition signed by 33,233 Ohioans, urging Boehner to stop wasting Congress’s time and taxpayer’s money on defending DOMA. Other activists protested outside of Boehner’s office as a measure of solidarity.
All five of the participants in the sit-in were arrested and charged with trespassing. They are expected to be released before 5 p.m. EST.
Support this action by calling Boehner’s West Chester office at (513) 779-5400 or his Washington, DC, office at (202) 225-6205, telling his staff the speaker needs to focus on jobs, not DOMA.