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

| Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)
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.

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Lawmakers reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on heels of Supreme Court ruling

| Thursday, June 27, 2013
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
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).

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Two GOP congressmen announce support for DOMA repeal

| Thursday, December 27, 2012
Reps. Charles Bass (left) and Richard Hannah.
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.

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Nadler pushes DOMA repeal, despite recent court rulings

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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.
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.

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

| Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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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).

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

| Friday, February 3, 2012
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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...

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What the Senate’s DOMA repeal vote really means

| Friday, November 11, 2011
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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:

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Senate Judiciary Committee votes to advance DOMA repeal bill

| Thursday, November 10, 2011
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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.

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

| Monday, October 17, 2011
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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.

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

| Thursday, September 22, 2011
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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."

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