Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Announced Support For Marriage Equality

[Senator Leahy is a leading cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that would repeal the 15-year-old Defense of Marriage Act.  He chaired the first-ever congressional hearing examining the effects of DOMA on American families.  As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he led the panel’s consideration of the legislation.  The Committee approved the repeal bill in November.]

“In the 15 years since the Defense of Marriage Act, Vermonters have led the way in supporting equality for all couples married under the law.  I applauded the President’s decision to endorse the repeal of DOMA, and I applaud his support for marriage equality.  Marriage is an issue that has long been left to the states to address, and nearly a dozen states have now passed laws supporting same-sex unions.  Marriage equality in our society is a matter of fairness for these committed American families, and I welcome the President’s support.”

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