Petitions urge Reed to support repeal of Defense of Marriage

Author: John E Mulligan
Publication: Providence Journal
Publication Date: October 18th, 2011

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WASHINGTON -- "Hundreds" of Rhode Islanders have signed petitions delivered Monday to Sen. Jack Reed, asking him to join in support of legislation to repeal the Clinton-era law that -- for purposes of federal benefits, tax breaks and the like -- recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman.

"Recent census data show that Rhode Island is among the top ten states where gay and lesbian couples choose to build their lives together" Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, said in a news release calling upon the Rhode Island Democrat to support the "Respect for Marriage Act," which would effectively repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage act.


Reed has promised to consider the request.