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Lawmakers reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on heels of Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Congress, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The Respect for Marriage Act would fully repeal DOMA and establish a clear guidelines for the federal government that all married same-sex couples – regardless of what state they currently live in – have access to equal rights, benefits, and protections under federal law.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Feinstein, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who was one of 14 senators to oppose DOMA in 1996, said Wednesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court “clearly establishes that one class of legally married individuals cannot be denied rights under federal law accorded to all other legally married couples” and that repealing DOMA “is necessary because inequities in the administration of more than 1,100 federal laws affected will still need to be fixed.”

“It is time Congress strike this discriminatory law once and for all,” she said.

Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee, noted that the Supreme Court ruled that only Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, but Congress still must repeal the law in its entirety.

“That is why we are reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA in its entirety and sends DOMA into the history books where it belongs. This bill ensures repeal of section 2 of DOMA, which was not at issue in the Windsor case and purports to excuse the states from even considering whether to honor the marriage of a gay and lesbian couple performed by a sister state,” said Nadler.

Section 3 of DOMA had codified the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes

The Respect for Marriage Act would provide a uniform rule for recognizing couples under federal law, and “will finally expunge DOMA’s discrimination from our nation’s laws and provide certainty to every married same-sex couple that their federal recognition will follow them wherever they may live or travel,” said Nadler.

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  1. In other words, making it legal in every state

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:12pm
  2. what?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:13pm
  3. I wonder if those #ChristoFascist #RepubliJesusFreaks will grow up in my lifetime & end heterosupremacist marriage apartheid once & for all

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:13pm
  4. The good news just keeps rolling! It’s a good week!:D

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:16pm
  5. Great!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:18pm
  6. You lost assmonkeys–MOVE ON!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:20pm
  7. I’m a Jesus Freak but support gay rights and gay marriages and plus, I’m bisexual. so…

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:20pm
  8. Wow. Way to waste taxpayer money . . . you know, lots of people aren’t unemployed or about to go homeless because of predatory banks, and I’m not gonna say nothing about guns cuz you know, they’re not a problem in this country or fraking . . . not at all.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:23pm
  9. h o m o s e x u a l gay, lesbian heterosexual human

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:29pm
  10. Right wing conservatives are looking more and more out of touch.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:30pm
  11. If a gay, lesbian or bisexual isn’t getting married to a heterosexual… why does it bother you so much?:?? …fair deal..,let us have gay married legal and you (oppose) stay quiet …PERIOD!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:55pm
  12. …I can’t help but feel like some of y’all didn’t read the article. This isn’t against marriage equality, it’s FOR it.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:55pm
  13. so Kyle are you bragging or complaining?

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:01pm
  14. I think it will have to become a Federal law. GLBT people in “Red” states may be waiting for decades before marriage equality becomes law, and legally married same sex couple’s rights and protections can freely cross state borders without losing them simply because that state doesn’t *recognize* them.

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:06pm
  15. It’s ironic that after a ruling of sexual freedom, these people are using the opportunity to go fuck themselves

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:06pm
  16. so why should we care what you think while millions of LGBT families are still denied their constitutional rights because you are a jerkoff

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:07pm
  17. I think they just need to give up they lost and there a buch of crying ass babys

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:08pm
  18. Crossing my fingers and toes!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:08pm
  19. I think what the Respect for Marriage Act does is makes sure that if you marry in a state with marriage equality your marriage is recognized in states that voted for heterosupremacist marriage apartheid – it’s the full faith & credit clause that DOMA gives states the right to not recognize

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:09pm
  20. It makes sense, but it should be done in a way that truly invalidates Section 2, which explicitly allows states not to recognize the valid marriages of other states. The DOMA decision still leaves us in the situation where a couple who marries legally but lives in a non-marriage state really has only a half-marriage: recognized by the feds, but without the important rights and obligations based on state marriage law. That’s got to be ended. No other married couples have to deal with that every time they move or cross a state line when they’re traveling!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:19pm
  21. It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas…….. :)

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:21pm
  22. I hope this does go through

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:36pm
  23. I hope this does go through

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:36pm
  24. Rio Rico, AZ

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:46pm
  25. Rio Rico, AZ

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:46pm
  26. Awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:52pm
  27. Awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:52pm
  28. that’s why DOMA as a WHOLE needs REPEALED….just as we did with DADT…..giving the states NO CHOICE but to have to RECGONIZE same-sex marriages, the way they do ” inter-racial marriages” and ” straight marriages”…..SEPARATE, BUT EQUAL does NOT work.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:28am
  29. YES!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:45am
  30. You need to change the headline. They are not reintroducing doma, they are introducing a bill to repeal it. This is a good thing but the headline made me think “what now?” Clearly, i am not the only one misled.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:21am
  31. On the bright side, it made me read the article so that is a plus.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:22am
  32. ha!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:48am
  33. about time you did something right Feinstein

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:03am
  34. Yeah, exactly what I said basically

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:23am
  35. Did you read the article or are you referring to the homophobic comments

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:27am
  36. This Act would repeal DOMA in it’s entirety and allow all marriages to be recognized in all states whether legal in some states or not thus basically making it legal in every state.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:28am
  37. So……… happy to see this, but it will go nowhere. My hopes are gone w/the wind!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:38am
  38. yes this would gut it compleatly and add many good things:)

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4:14am
  39. What part of the Supreme Court final order do they not get. What fools!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:47am
  40. Still a way to go!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:04am
  41. I hope this makes it through!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:07am
  42. The Land of Lincoln ask, ” Where is Illinois?”

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:53am
  43. Excellent!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:05am
  44. I hope this process for equality moves more quickly than I would ever imagine!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:23am
  45. yeah, the title of the article is misleading…

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 7:24am
  46. legal at the federal level. At the state level it would be unrecognized and that could still have a negative impact.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:41am
  47. “LOOSERS”

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:16am
  48. Dianne F. is VERY desperate for friends right now. I am not sure I even want her on my side of anything. Better an enemy then a friend.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:23am
  49. Equality for all! l☻

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:23am
  50. Get rid of the whole thing and my marriage will be legal everywhere in this country, not just in DC and 12 states.

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:48am
  51. not sure why they have to repeal Doma but its a happy week!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:39am
  52. We love Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Nadler!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:21am
  53. yes, except the repeal of the voter’s rights act

    Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:23am