Congressman Hanna becomes 2nd Republican cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act

Today, Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) announced his support for the Respect for Marriage Act, bill HR-1116, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Congressman Hanna is the 159th cosponsor of the bill and the second Republican cosponsor.

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11 ways the freedom to marry triumphed on Election Day

This week, the freedom to marry triumphed at the ballot box over and over again. We know that some of the wrap-up - and what it all means for the future of the campaign to win marriage nationwide - can be tricky, so here's a break-down of the important ways that the freedom to marry won on Election Day.

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Assistant Democratic Leader signs on to Respect for Marriage Act

This week, Congressman James Clyburn became the 157th member of the House of Representatives to sign on as a cosponsor for the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. He also rounds out the support from the Democratic Leadership in the House.

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Confused about what’s happening with the Defense of Marriage Act?

This summer, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act has gone through a whirlwind in the courts, being declared unconstitutional this summer alone in five different cases. But all of the back-and-forth can be confusing. Check out our FAQ to walk you through the basics of what's happening with DOMA.

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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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