Two Respect for Marriage Act cosponsors bring House total to 156

This week, two new members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors for the Respect for Marriage Act. Rep. Mel Watt from North Carolina and Rep. Leonard Boswell from Iowa have become the latest co-sponsors of the bill, raising the total number of co-sponsors in the House to 156.

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145 Democratic U.S. representatives file brief opposing DOMA

On Friday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and 143 other Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a brief in 'Windsor v. United States,' one of the key cases concerning the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Congressmen Thompson, Barber and Reyes cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act

Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) joined recent sponsors Ron Barber (D-AZ) and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) as cosponsors for the Respect for Marriage Act last week. The Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act's legislation that currently prohibits federal recognition of marriages between same-sex couples, continues to gain support from elected officials - specifically Democrats.

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Respect for Marriage Coalition launches website and grassroots toolkit

Today, the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a broad coalition of 75 organizations that oppose the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, launched a website featuring critical information about the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of legally married same-sex couples.

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Federal lobbying push prompts two new Respect for Marriage Act co-sponsors

Last week, two additional members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors for the Respect for Marriage Act, thanks, in part, to their conversations with a federal lobbying team from Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

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House Democratic Leader Pelosi & 131 others file amicus brief opposing DOMA

Today 132 members of the House of Representatives, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, filed an amicus brief in Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. The brief attacks the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Freedom to Marry’s federal team continues progress on Respect for Marriage Act

Freedom to Marry's federal program continues making progress on overturning the Defense of Marriage Act through the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. We have seen immense support for the bill, with 151 House co-sponsors, 32 Senate co-sponsors, and 74 organizations signing on as Respect for Marriage Coalition members.

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House introduces bill to protect married gay and lesbian service members

This afternoon, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would explicitly clarify the definition of "spouse" to include same-sex couples.

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U.S. District Court Judge finds DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Windsor v. United States’

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones ruled in 'Windsor v. United States' that DOMA's Section 3, which defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

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Have you signed our petition to protect all military families?

Last week, Freedom to Marry and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network launched a petition asking Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which forces the U.S. military to treat gay and lesbian service members and their families differently than it treats all other married service members. Have you signed yet?

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