Respect for Marriage Act

The Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) is a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and require the U.S. federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages. The bill would not compel individual states to recognize same-sex marriages.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)

Va. governor rejects call to appoint prosecutor to defend gay marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday rejected a request from dozens of Republican lawmakers asking him to appoint a special prosecutor to defend the state’s same sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

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). [ Read more → ]
Reps. Charles Bass (left) and Richard Hannah.

Two GOP congressmen announce support for DOMA repeal

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Two Republican members of the U.S. House have announced their support for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler is calling for legislative repeal of DOMA in the wake of court rulings against the law.Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

Nadler pushes DOMA repeal, despite recent court rulings

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A New York Democrat leading the charge against the Defense of Marriage Act in Congress is stressing the need for legislative action against the anti-gay law despite a string of victories in the courts. [ Read more → ]
The Morgan family.

Cancer-stricken soldier fights for her life, family’s equality

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) on Wednesday released a new online video featuring Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Charlie Morgan and her wife, Karen, spotlighting the inequalities forced upon gay and lesbian service members by the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]

Broad coalition launched to repeal federal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Friday, February 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act-- the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal... [ Read more → ]

What the Senate’s DOMA repeal vote really means

Friday, November 11, 2011
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. Now it moves to a Senate that’s hostile to marriage equality — but that’s actually okay. Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights has a special episode of Marriage News Watch. Watch here: [ Read more → ]

Senate Judiciary Committee votes to advance DOMA repeal bill

Thursday, November 10, 2011
A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, an historic bill that would fully repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]

BofA reimburses ‘gay tax,’ phony survey backfires, all hands on deck in Maryland

Monday, October 17, 2011
Say what you will about Bank of America, but they gave their LGBT employees a pretty remarkable gift this week. A phony anti-gay survey backfires in Washington when voters refuse to fall for discriminatory talking points. Turmoil at Equality California with a surprise resignation, and it's all hands on deck right now in Maryland. [ Read more → ]
Timothy Dolan

Archbishop warns Obama of ‘conflict of enormous proportions’ over DOMA repeal

Thursday, September 22, 2011
In a sharply critical letter to the President, Catholic Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan said that “recent actions" taken by the Administration "escalate the threat to marriage," and urged Obama to discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans by supporting the "Defense Of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]

Hundreds of service members discharged under DADT expected to reenlist

Monday, September 5, 2011
With the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" scheduled to take effect on Sept. 20, the U.S. military is expecting many of the service members discharged because of their sexual orientation to seek reenlistment. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner: ‘DOMA is law of the land, and should remain law of the land’

Saturday, July 23, 2011
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week indicated that he would not bring up the "Respect For Marriage Act" up for a vote in the House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

Panetta to announce Pentagon is ready to certify repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Thursday, July 21, 2011
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce on Friday that the Pentagon is ready to certify the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," paving the way for gay men and women to serve openly in all branches of the U.S. military. [ Read more → ]

Sen. Chris Coons: DOMA says ‘it’s OK for the government to discriminate’

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
At Wednesday’s landmark Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider new legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the 15-year-old law was discriminatory and urged his colleagues to support its repeal. [ Read more → ]

Franken busts ‘Focus on the Family’ for lying about federal study in DOMA hearing

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repeal of the "Defense of Marriage Act," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday called DOMA an “immoral and discriminatory” law and challenged a key witness, an official with the mammoth Focus on Family group. [ Read more → ]

White House endorses ‘Respect for Marrriage Act,’ bill would repeal DOMA

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
On the eve of the first ever congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the White House on Tuesday announced President Barack Obama's endorsement of the Respect For Marriage Act -- the bill that would repeal DOMA. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Senate Judiciary Committee will hold first ever hearing on DOMA repeal

Friday, July 8, 2011
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced that, in the coming weeks, the Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
Rep John Conyers at House announcement

Democrats introduce bills in House and Senate to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday went on the offensive, introducing bills in both the House and Senate aimed at repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]
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