DOMA Repeal Bill Gets Republican Support
September 23, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
Efforts to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) got a boost today from Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is the first Republican Member of Congress to support the Respect for Marriage Act.
HRC President Joe Solmonese said of Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s support:
“Getting the federal government out of playing favorites when it comes to marriage shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is a longstanding advocate for our equality and has shown today that respect for our community, and our marriages, is a mainstream and bipartisan principle. With the American people strongly supportive of DOMA repeal, we will continue to work with members of both parties to end this discrimination once and for all.”
The Respect for Marriage Act repeals DOMA and restores the rights of all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples—to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. It gives same-sex couples the federal benefits and protections that flow from a valid marriage celebrated in a state where marriage equality is legal, even if a couple moves or travels to another state. Learn more about the Respect for Marriage Act.