Five activists were fined $100 each for protesting House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to commit congressional clout and cash to the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Boehner, R-Ohio, organized Republicans in Congress behind the legal defense after the Obama administration announced that the Justice Department could not defend the DOMA provision banning federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. The administration has said it will enforce DOMA until repealed by Congress or voided by a court.
On March 9, five activists with the Get Equal direct action group demonstrated at Boehner’s office in West Chester, Ohio. Police arrested Sean Watkins, Elizabeth Mills, partners Morgan Bonney and Jesse Bonney, and Karay Martin, who wanted to deliver petitions containing the signatures of 33,000 people pressing Boehner not to spend tax money on the DOMA defense.
In court March 29, each activist pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge and was fined $100.