21 Top News Stories of the Year

BY Lucas Grindley

November 14 2011 4:00 AM ET

CHAZ BONO LACEY SCHWIMMER X390 (Craig Sjodin/ABC) | ADVOCATE.COM

15. DOMA Defense Continues
President Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act to be indefensible because it violates the U.S. Constitution. But that hasn’t stopped House speaker John Boehner from funding lawyers (to the tune of $1.5 million) who argue the law must be upheld because gay people aren’t really discriminated against, they’re bad parents, and being gay is a choice. 

(RELATED: Senate Committee Begins Debate on DOMA Repeal)

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