Friday, 13 May 2011 22:35

DOMA Repeal Bill

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Wednesday, a bill to repeal DOMA (defense of the marriage act) which indicates marriage is an union between a man and a woman only, will be presented in the House and in the Senate.

This bill will be introduced by Jerrold Nadler, John Conyers and four openly gay members of the House: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polished and David Cicilline. This legislation apparently already have 105 original cosponsors in the House.

The bill will also be presented to the Senate by the senators Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The House wrote a message saying:

“The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA, and comes in response to a call from President Obama for Congressional action on the issue,”

“As the President has stated: ‘I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It’s discriminatory, it interferes with states’ rights, and it’s time we overturned it.’ Last week, on the heels of the President’s decision not to defend DOMA in court, House Republican Leadership announced that it will defend DOMA in court, making passage of the Respect for Marriage Act more critical than ever.”