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Momentum Continues to Build for the Respect for Marriage Act

Post submitted by Josh King, Former HRC Senior Public Policy Advocate

A record number of Members of Congress have cosponsored legislation to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  That legislation, the Respect for Marriage Act, now has 154 House cosponsors, an increase of 34 from the previous Congress. 

In July, Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ) and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) joined as cosponsors.  In June, Reps. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), John Dingell (D-MI), Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Al Green (D-TX) cosponsored the bill. In addition, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined as the 33rd cosponsor of the Senate version. 

Though Republicans in the House continue to offer needless amendments restating DOMA, support is building to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. HRC will continue to work with Congressional offices to increase support to finally repeal DOMA.

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