President Obama Endorses ‘Respect For Marriage’ Act

President_Obama_addresses_the_nation_on_the_military_efforts_in_Libya,_March_28,_2011It’s not often that the White House endorses a bill before it goes through the Senate or House, but President Obama did just that when he endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act today. With same-sex marraiges becoming legal in more and more states, this bill is a step towards equal taxation and social security survivor benefits, since there are “more than 1,000 federal rights and responsibilities gays and lesbians do not have access to because of DOMA.” From Joe Mirabella at Change.org:

Today President Obama endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would strike down DOMA and give legally married gays and lesbians the same federal rights and responsibilities as married straight couples.

Shin Inouye, a spokesperson for the White House, told Change.org, “The President has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people – our families, friends and neighbors,” Inouye said.  “He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, which would take DOMA off the books once and for all.   This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.

[Continues at Change.org]

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  • jasonpaulhayes

    Religion Sux !

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Religion Sux !

  • Ted

    Respect for Marriage Act? So…is that similar to the Department of Defense? Or the Ministry of Truth?

  • Ted

    Respect for Marriage Act? So…is that similar to the Department of Defense? Or the Ministry of Truth?

  • DeepCough

    Y’know, in FREE countries, this kinda legislation isn’t really necessary.

  • DeepCough

    Y’know, in FREE countries, this kinda legislation isn’t really necessary.

  • Guest

    it doesn’t support gay marriage.. it only “uphold[s] the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.”  which those “rights” are not as universal as straight couples, such as being federal instead of state to state… i like how he is TRYING to look as though he supports gay marriage without actually supporting it.  burn this shit because it’s garbage.  marriage is a christian idea that should have no place in our government whatsoever.  it just sucks that to give a group of ppl the same rights, you would have to take away “rights” of other people and i’m absolutely sure that’s why this hasn’t been done already bc ppl would bitch and moan about it.  who somebody is married to is irrelevant and only seeks to bring the government more into your home and more into your bedroom than they should ever belong.

  • Guest

    it doesn’t support gay marriage.. it only “uphold[s] the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.”  which those “rights” are not as universal as straight couples, such as being federal instead of state to state… i like how he is TRYING to look as though he supports gay marriage without actually supporting it.  burn this shit because it’s garbage.  marriage is a christian idea that should have no place in our government whatsoever.  it just sucks that to give a group of ppl the same rights, you would have to take away “rights” of other people and i’m absolutely sure that’s why this hasn’t been done already bc ppl would bitch and moan about it.  who somebody is married to is irrelevant and only seeks to bring the government more into your home and more into your bedroom than they should ever belong.

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