Dems to Introduce Bill to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act
Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Several House Democrats will introduce legislation next week to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, The Advocate reported yesterday.
The bill, sponsored by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Jared Polis (D-Col.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), already has the support of more than 50 additional lawmakers, The Advocate said.
Nadler told the Bay Area Reporter in July that the bill would amount to a full repeal of DOMA, including Section 2, which advises states to disregard same-sex marriages that have been legally performed in other states, and Section 3, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
As recently as June, President Obama has backed a full repeal of DOMA.
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