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President Obama Backs a Legislative Effort to Repeal DOMA

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Yesterday, the White House announced its support for a measure being introduced today in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- which currently defines marriage as a union between a man and woman. 

With this announcement, it is now the federal government’s position that gay and lesbian couples should have the same rights as straight couples – and the same protection under the law.

President Obama has been a consistent advocate for equality and critic of the discrimination enshrined in DOMA. In fact, yesterday’s news comes only a short time after the administration announced that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the law in court.

Sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the Respect for Marriage Act is expected to begin moving through the legislative process this week.