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Obama supports repeal of DOMA

Obama supports repeal of DOMA

The AP is reporting the President Obama has come out in support of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. He favors the passage of “the Respect for Marriage Act” which would repeal DOMA.

President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind a bill that would repeal the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The president has “long called for a legislative appeal for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act which continues to have a real impact on families,” White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Tuesday.

The president is “proud to support” the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Carney said.

The Obama administration announced in February that it believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and would no longer defend it in court.

At the time, Carney said that Obama was still “grappling” with his personal view of gay marriage but has always personally opposed the Defense of Marriage Act as “unnecessary and unfair.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is one of the lead sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holing a hearing on the new bill, with testimony from same-sex couples.

“I think eyes have opened. More and more people across this land know people who are gay, who want to have a lasting relationship, who look at marriage as an economic agreement as well as an emotional agreement,” said Feinstein, one of 14 senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act.


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It is absolutely astounding that this President gets a free pass for remaining to the right of Dick Cheney on same-sex marriage.

The gay community are being played as pawns in Barack Obama’s political game– and to what end?

I predict many in the gay community will simply sit out the 2012 election if the President continues this nonsense of expecting credit for merely privately “evolving” on this matter whilst doing nothing about it.

Cyril Tomlinson

Christopher Cooper

A day late and a dollar short President Obama. Where was the courage to do this when your party controlled both houses? It’s easy to come out and support this when it has no chance of passing. You still have my vote…at least you didn’t sign DOMA into law like Bill Clinton did…I just wish you would have taken such a stand when it really mattered.


Bishop Mary Glasspool visits the White House and three weeks later President Obama comes out in support of the Respect for Marriage Act. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

Susan Russell

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