U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Jared Polis (D-CO), along with John Lewis (D-GA) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’, a measure that would repeal the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ (DOMA).
Community leaders were at a Capitol Hill press conference announcing the introduction of the bill.
“It is long past time for DOMA to go,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. “When DOMA passed in 1996 it was a gratuitous slap in the face. But now, 13 years later, there are thousands of married same-sex couples who are hurt by this law. We’ve come a long way in 13 years and the federal government shouldn’t be in the business of deciding that some married couples are worthy of federal respect and others are not. Married same-sex couples pay federal taxes just like everyone else and have a right to the same respect, important benefits and protections as everyone else.”