Richard Socarides: Clinton’s Change on DOMA Could Affect Supreme Court

The Advocate
September 28, 2009
Richard Socarides, a special assistant and LGBT adviser to Bill Clinton during his administration, says Clinton's remarks to Anderson Cooper on Friday about changing his mind on DOMA could help create a shift in the political winds that might reach the courts. [Link]

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U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director, John Berry: Passing ENDA Key to DOMA Repeal

The Washington Blade
September 28, 2009
The highest-ranking openly gay appointee in Obama's administration is encouraging LGBT Americans to make passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act their No. 1 priority and said its success would place within reach other civil rights goals, including the repeals of Don't Ask Don't Tell and DOMA. [Link]

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Text of Respect for Marriage Act

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The Respect for Marriage Act of 2009: What is it and what will it do?


Lambda Legal
September 15, 2009
An overview of questions and answers regarding the Respect for Marriage Act. [Link]


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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch: Repealing DOMA is a Matter of Fairness

Times Argus (Vermont)
September 17, 2009
U.S. Representative Peter Welch is one of 90 House Democrats supporting a repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Welch says the issue comes down to state's rights. Before DOMA was passed, marriage was left up to individual states to decide. With the introduction of the act, the federal government interfered with that historic right. "Repealing DOMA will put us back on the track that we were on for hundreds of years," he said. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Without marriage equality, there is no equality

Aurora Sentinel (Colorado)
September 16, 2009
After years of discrimination, the United States is ready to join the rest of the enlightened, democratic world and finally stand behind the country’s long withheld promise of equality. As Americans, we should be able to choose our companions regardless of their race, social status, income level, religious background or something as personal as sexual orientation. [Link]

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Video: Introduction of Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal DOMA

youtube.com
September 15, 2009
Rep. Jerrold Nadler holds a press conference to announce the introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act. This legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [Link]

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Politicians Changing Their Tune on DOMA

The Advocate
September 16, 2009
In agreement with the freshly-minted Respect for Marriage Act, President Clinton, Bob Barr and seven sitting members of Congress who supported DOMA now oppose it. So why the about-face? [Link]

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Legislators Seek Repeal of Federal Marriage Law

San Francisco Chronicle
September 16, 2009
Unhappy with the piecemeal approach to marriage equality adopted by some Democratic leaders, over 90 House Representatives, led by Rep Jerrold Nadler and including Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee, introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the central federal law (DOMA) governing the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Evan Wolfson: Respect for Marriage Act Introduced in Congress: Time to Dump “DOMA”

The Huffington Post
September 16, 2009
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, explains the significance of yesterday's introduction of the Respect for Marrage Act:
Six states so far, have ended gay couples' exclusion from marriage...and Americans have seen that ending that exclusion from marriage helps families and harms no one... If we do the work of enlisting more Representatives and Senators to fulfill President Obama's pledge to repeal 'DOMA,' we can pass the Respect for Marriage Act. Now is the time. [Link]

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