Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act - #3092 - Obama Administration Backs Bill to Overturn Defense of Marriage Act - The Blaze

The White House is supporting legislation to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The controversial law, passed in 1996 by large majorities in both the House and Senate and signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton, defines marriage as between one man and one woman. In contrast, a new bill — the Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA and clear the way for gay couples to be federally recognized. The Obama administration’s stance on the reversal bill emerges the evening before the first-ever Senate hearing is scheduled to discuss repealing DOMA. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, among others, is praising the president’s support for the gay community. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force writes:.......Press secretary Jay Carney made the announcement Tuesday, a day before the first Senate hearing on a bill by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.......He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act…which would take DOMA off the books once and for all,” said Carney. “This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.”  President Obama had already announced that he views the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. He also had ordered the Justice Department to stop defending it in court. Read more........

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