Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On White House Announcement Of Support For The Respect For Marriage Act

“I applaud the President’s decision to endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, and I join with many Vermont families in celebrating his decision.  Earlier this year, I was proud to join Senator Feinstein and others to introduce The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples.  The President understands that this civil rights issue affects thousands of American families.  In these difficult economic times, we should do all we can to remove barriers to fairness and security.  I have scheduled a hearing to examine the legislation in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and welcome this announcement on the eve of that hearing.”

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Senator Leahy will chair a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, July 20, on the Respect for Marriage Act.  Earlier this month, Leahy announced his intent to hold the first-ever congressional hearing on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

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