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Support for Repeal of DOMA Building in Congress

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

While we continue to wait on the Supreme Court to decide whether it will take on cases regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, HRC applauds the record number of lawmakers who are sponsoring the repeal of the discriminatory legislation.decide next week if it will take on cases regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, HRC applauds the record number of lawmakers who are sponsoring the repeal of the discriminatory legislation.

The bill that would repeal the discriminatory DOMA is called the “Respect for Marriage Act.” Introduced in early 2011, Respect for Marriage would not only repeal DOMA but would also include a provision protecting the validity of same sex couples’ marriages if they move to a state where same-sex marriage is not legally recognized. President Obama endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act in July 2011.

Currently, there are 159 co-sponsors of Respect for Marriage. Given that 44 out of the 49 Democrats who were elected to the U.S. House for the first time on Election Day are enthusiastic supporters of marriage equality, momentum for the bill should continue to build.

HRC has worked for years to communicate with legislators about the importance of repealing DOMA and establishing laws that will allow loving and committed same-sex couples have equal access to marriage rights. Following President Obama’s historic declaration of support for same-sex couples’ right to marry in May, HRC launched a campaign to get Members of Congress on record about their stances on marriage equality.

Additionally, HRC for the first time included members' support for marriage equality in the 112th Congressional Scorecard

For each two-year session of Congress since 1989, HRC has published a Congressional Scorecard that includes key Congressional votes and co-sponsorship of pro-LGBT legislation. It is a critical tool to assist fair-minded Americans in assessing the relative support or non-support of Members of Congress and to advocate for pro-equality legislation. All of the new members’ marriage positions, along with returning members whom are already listed, will be updated on HRC’s elected official profile pages.

To learn if your Senators and Representatives support the Respect for Marriage Act, check out HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress.

h/t Washington Blade

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