10.18.11

The New York Times: Another Test of Marriage Equality

Editorial

Today, The New York Times published an editorial in support of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced last week that he intends to schedule a Committee vote in November on legislation to repeal DOMA.  In July, Leahy chaired the first-ever congressional hearing on repealing DOMA.  The hearing focused on the impact of this law on thousands of American families across the country.  The Respect for Marriage Act, the pending legislative proposal to repeal DOMA, is sponsored by 30 senators, including Leahy.

“Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took a step toward true equality for all Americans last week by planning a vote next month on whether to repeal the law that bars the federal government from recognizing lawfully performed marriages between same-sex couples.”

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“Congress should not need court rulings to recognize the violation of equal protection inherent in the antimarriage act, and should repeal it.”

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Read the full New York Times editorial online.

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