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Repeal of DOMA gets new attention in wake of Obama's support of gay marriage
The Hill ^ | 5/12/12 | Kevin Bogardus

Posted on 05/12/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT by markomalley

Legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is garnering new attention from lawmakers in the wake of President Obama's support of same-sex marriage.

The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA and afford federal protections to legally-married same-sex married couples, like those in New York state and elsewhere, that male and female couples already enjoy. Since Obama's statement Wednesday, the bill has picked up new co-sponsors and Democratic leaders, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), have said they would support legalizing same-sex marriage.

That has given new hope to activists lobbying for the bill, such as Jo Deutsch, federal director for Freedom to Marry. Deutsch told The Hill that White House support of same-sex marriage can guide lawmakers through the same evolution on the issue that the president just completed.

“It shows a man going from point one — from his own questioning, to talking to family and friends, thinking about his own religious upbringing, from seeing people who are impacted by DOMA — and come to end of that journey and say he is for the freedom to marry,” Deutsch said. “That piece acts as an umbrella over all of what is going on on Capitol Hill. ... Because if President Obama can do it and say he is for the freedom to marry, maybe I can do it too."

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the House, said Obama’s statement has helped move the bill. Nadler noted that when he first offered a repeal of DOMA in 2009, he couldn’t find a Senate partner for the legislation.

“It certainly puts the bill in a better light. It changes the background and it has an impact in moving the bill forward,” Nadler said. “The bill is developing more and more momentum.”

New co-sponsors — such as Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) — have signed onto the Respect for Marriage Act since the president’s statement, according to congressional records.

The House version of the bill now has 144 co-sponsors while the Senate version has 32. There is only one GOP supporter so far — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

Advocates admit that it’s not probable the bill will pass Congress this year with Republicans in control of the House. Yet the wall-to-wall media coverage since Obama’s statement has begun to force once-silent Democrats to step up and share their position on same-sex marriage, which could swell the ranks of same-sex marriage supporters and lock down votes for the bill in a future Congress.

Gay rights groups are pushing for members of Congress to go on the record about same-sex marriage — the Human Rights Campaign launched such a campaign on Thursday.

“In this Congress, it's highly unlikely that the bill will see the light of day in the House. They are actually trying to make DOMA stronger,” said Fred Sainz, the HRC's vice president for communications. “Getting them on the record on where they stand on marriage is just as important as the fate of any one piece of legislation.”

Lawmakers’ statements of support for same-sex marriage will be included in the HRC’s congressional scorecard, along with key votes and bill sponsorships.

In June last year, Freedom to Marry hired Holland & Knight with firm partner Kathryn Lehman, a former GOP leadership aide, to take the reins on lobbying Republicans. Consulting firm DCI Group has also been hired to help the group in its effort to repeal DOMA.

In February, Freedom to Marry launched a coalition in support of same-sex marriage that has grown close to 70 groups, according to their estimate. They also plan to launch a new website in the coming weeks that will be a tool for coalition members and others to lobby for the repeal of DOMA.

There have been lobbying successes before Obama’s statement this week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee approving the Respect for Marriage Act and the White House saying they supported the bill last year.

“It's definitely helpful to have the president in support when you are lobbying on an issue,” Lehman said. “I think it helps in a very big picture way in that it’s historic with the president coming out with the support of it. It will force people to consider it more seriously.”

The GOP lobbyist, however, said the president’s support wouldn’t change her lobbying that much.

Lehman said she is more likely to remind Republican lawmakers’ offices that former Vice President Dick Cheney supports same-sex marriage. Further, she plans to continue to make a states’ rights argument for the repeal of DOMA, since the law denies federal protections to same-sex marriages legalized at the state level.

The president’s support of same-sex marriage could also energize the opposition to the issue. On Wednesday, House Republicans added several amendments to appropriations bills on the floor and in committee that took aim at same-sex marriage.

Social conservative groups have decried the White House support of same-sex marriage and said it could cost Obama at the polls come November. In a statement Wednesday, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said same-sex marriage is now an issue for the presidential race.

“The president has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger Mitt Romney. Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution, may have been handed the key to social conservative support by President Obama,” Perkins said.

Several states will likely have same-sex marriage on the ballot this year, including Maine, Maryland and Washington. Gay rights groups, still smarting from North Carolina voting to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, know the electoral terrain will be tough this election year.

But several same-sex marriage supporters said polling has swung in their favor and that repealing DOMA is only helped by Obama’s statement.

“The evolution of the president opens the door to different possibilities, for people talking about this who were not willing to talk about this before, and that's radically different,” Deutsch said.

Nadler said turning back DOMA seems less daunting after Obama’s statement in support of same-sex marriage.

“In the face of the rapid shift towards support for gay marriage generally, the president’s statement enhancing that even more so, it makes DOMA and the repeal of DOMA seem like a smaller, a more obvious thing to do because it’s not saying recognize gay marriage. It’s saying let the states do what they want,” Nadler said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: doma; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; kenyanbornmuzzie; samesexmarriage; swrdswllwngsdshw
This is exactly why we must redouble our efforts to get supermajorities in both houses of Congress this November.

Get rid of Dhims and RINOs!!!

(I say this because, based on his track record in MA, I have no doubt that Willard would gladly sign such a bill if he was presented it...and, well, we already know about Soetoro's position on the matter)

1 posted on 05/12/2012 6:18:59 AM PDT by markomalley
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2 posted on 05/12/2012 6:22:18 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
“It shows a man going from point one — from his own questioning, to talking to family and friends, thinking about his own religious upbringing, from seeing people who are impacted by DOMA — and come to end of that journey and say he is for the freedom to marry,” Deutsch said.

Is Deutsch really such a sucker that he takes Obama's lies at face value, or is he just a cynical opportunist like the rest of them (rhetorical question only - obviously he is both).

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the House, said Obama’s statement has helped move the bill.

Thinking about Jerrold Nadler and whatever it takes to help his "movements" is enough to make grown men collapse.

New co-sponsors — such as Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) — have signed onto the Respect for Marriage Act

A guy named Norm Dicks supporting gay marriage? Really? You can't make this stuff up...

3 posted on 05/12/2012 6:53:36 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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4 posted on 05/12/2012 6:54:17 AM PDT by NYer (Open to scriptural suggestions.)
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To: markomalley

Non-issue.

It would never get through the House.


5 posted on 05/12/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: markomalley
when Obama discussed the topic of gay marriage with his daughters, did he talk about how the marriages are consummated?

I think this is a teachable moment that Obama needs to share with the American people.

6 posted on 05/12/2012 7:18:33 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: markomalley

The Respect for Marriage Act

And how exactly do the Democrats want to show respect for Marriage?
By using force of law to make normal decent Americans accept perverts being legally married and further shoving their perverted lifestyle on to our society.


7 posted on 05/12/2012 7:21:27 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

This is typical of how these cockroaches operate—they always pick nice-sounding words or phrases that mean the exact opposite of what they sound like. “Affordable Care Act.” “Pro-Choice.”


8 posted on 05/12/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: markomalley
Gay rights groups are pushing for members of Congress to go on the record about same-sex marriage — the Human Rights Campaign launched such a campaign on Thursday.

More like the Gay rights groups are demanding the Congress march right off the cliff 5 months before the general election. In all 32 states that have voted on the preservation of the 6,000 year-old "traditional marriage", it has won every time. The only place where I know the representative legislative body has passed "gay marriage" was in New York. Even rabid California voted for the "traditional marriage", but ONE GAY MAN man in black robe told the rubes they were too stupid to know what is good for them.

The Chicago Jesus is right on schedule with his complete destruction of the USA.

One last observation - how is the Chicago Jesus's support of Islam going to square with his support of the sodomy perverts?
9 posted on 05/12/2012 7:31:08 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: markomalley

I guess the state’s rights thing isn’t working well with the homosexual agenda.


10 posted on 05/12/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT by pallis
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To: markomalley
So Obungler's endorsement of homo marriage is spurring a renewed surge to repeal DOMA, but the overwhelming victory for traditional marriage in North Carolina is just a meaningless exercise by a bunch of gun-toting rednecks ...

No spin here. Uh uh.

If anything, the Carolina landslide means we should be considering introducing an amendment elevating DOMA to constitutional status. There are already 38 states with laws against homo marriage. That's enough for ratification.

11 posted on 05/12/2012 7:41:56 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: markomalley

Tug of war in this govt and nation. Battle lines are becoming clear. One either chooses good or evil, God or Satan. Ones destiny Heaven or Hell hangs in the balance. I really do feel sorry for godless, unrepentant liberals who choose darkness and will spend a godless eternity in hell. Truly frightening..


12 posted on 05/12/2012 8:04:57 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Cowboy Bob

i’m sure he provided them with a demonstration.


13 posted on 05/12/2012 8:12:50 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

BTW, in the midst of all this, the Westboro Baptist churh has been strangely silent about 0’s newfound support of gay marriage. did Soros or the DNC order them to stand down?


14 posted on 05/12/2012 8:55:32 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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And people wonder why America is going to hell in a handbasket.

Galatians 6:7-9

King James Version (KJV)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


15 posted on 05/12/2012 9:02:05 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Virgil Goode! Because everyone else is Bad!)
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To: IronJack

I guess ObamE is too dense to realize that endosing Gaiety cancells out all the contorted efforts to encourage illegal immigration, Hispanics overwealmingly HATE gays on all levels and will turn on him over this one issue


16 posted on 05/12/2012 10:16:00 AM PDT by KTM rider
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Battle lines being drawn. Dems/leftists/homonazi agenda pushers/muzzie lovers/RINOs/GOP establishment on one side. WE THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE!

17 posted on 05/12/2012 10:33:31 AM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: markomalley
 
Marriage = One Man and One Woman
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18 posted on 05/12/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: KTM rider
Hispanics overwelmingly HATE gays on all levels
Black people also. Just based on my anecdotal life experiences growing up, my Black freinds would actually get more offended if anyone called them "fags" or "homos" than the N word.
19 posted on 05/12/2012 12:19:33 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: markomalley

“Deutsch told The Hill that White House support of same-sex marriage can guide lawmakers through the same evolution on the issue that the president just completed.”

George Orwell please call your office.


20 posted on 05/12/2012 12:36:37 PM PDT by Eagles6 (S)
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To: markomalley

Of course guys named NADler and Dicks would be sponsoring a gay marriage bill. This is too easy.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 12:23:16 AM PDT by jsdjason
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To: Road Glide
It would never get through the House.

Did you think the same thing about DODT? That disgusting legislation just blew right through all those TEA party Freshmen and the repeal was adobe deal.

22 posted on 05/13/2012 12:44:53 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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"how is the Chicago Jesus's support of Islam going to square with his support of the sodomy perverts?"

It is not reported by our lame stream media about the rampant homosexuality in the Muslim community. When the Madrasas are nothing more than easy pickings to have sex with young boys. With the Bacha Bazi, the Koranic Celebration and the Thursday Night Club as Muslim homosexual events, having sex with a boy is the ultimate sexual experience throughout the Muslim world.

23 posted on 05/13/2012 3:23:50 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: markomalley

If they truely believed in the freedom to marry, then why not add pologmy into the mix? Forget the animal stuff.. we can keep it to other human beings for now. But seriously, what defense do liberals have that consenting adults can enter into any type of marital contract they wish?


24 posted on 05/13/2012 8:54:57 AM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: markomalley

We should have a truth in legislating act in order to stop this “feel good” naming of legislation.

How many staffers will now push the “useful idiot” politicians?


25 posted on 05/14/2012 8:28:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Eagles6

How about the beltway class evolve away from hedonism?


26 posted on 05/14/2012 8:32:02 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Good luck with that. They have put their political careers above their souls and the soul of America.


27 posted on 05/14/2012 2:19:54 PM PDT by Eagles6 (S)
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