UPDATE: Senator Reed will decide if he will cosponsor DOMA repeal “very shortly”
September 28, 2011
Yesterday, along with our friends at Courage Campaign, Marriage Equality Rhode Island, and Ocean State Action, we announced that we're calling on Senator Jack Reed to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that will overturn DOMA. Reed is the only member of the Rhode Island delegation who is not yet a cosponsor. In the last 24 hours, fair-minded Rhode Islanders from all over the state have signed on to our open letter urging the Senator to support DOMA repeal, and the local media is picking up the story!
Earlier today, the Rhode Island radio station WRNI reported that the Senator will likely make a decision pretty quickly:
"Well I'm looking very carefully at it. It's a critical issue of public policy," says Reed. "I think it merits a careful study and that's what I'm doing and I'm going to do it quickly so that I can come to a conclusion."
And just a couple hours ago, the Providence Journal reported even more good news, potentially indicating that the Senator will support the Respect for Marriage Act:
Reed may join in support of the repeal bill, according to his office. Reed spokesman Chip Unruh said in an email Wednesday that the senator's "strong record of supporting equal protection" includes opposition to constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage.
Reed believes "each state has authority over marriage issues," Unruh wrote. As for supporting the repeal measure, Unruh wrote that the senator is "taking a look and listening to what Rhode Islanders have to say."
Clearly, what we're doing is working, and the Senator has taken notice! Let's keep it up- if you live in Rhode Island, please sign the letter and then give his office a call at 202-244-4642 and ask him to please cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.
As always, we'll keep you updated!