Long a holdout in signing on to back the Respect for Marriage Act, Sen. Amy Klobuchar indicated this week she’ll sponsor the bill, which would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Klobuchar is the last Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to back the measure after Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin expressed his support in April. Fellow Democrat Al Franken was an original sponsor of the act.
Noting Klobuchar’s silence on the measure, local and national groups pressed Klobuchar to take a stance on the bill last spring, and the Minnesota Independent reported in March that she would vote in support of the act, which would abolish the federal ban on relationship rights for same-sex couples.
The same groups again pressed Klobuchar last month to attach her name as a cosponsor, and on Tuesday she did. Klobuchar became the 29th senator to give complete support for the bill.
The bill had its first hearing on July 20, a hearing during which Franken called out a member of Focus on the Family for what Franken saw as misleading testimony.