Nadler, Feinstein Reintroduce “Respect for Marriage Act,” Ensuring Full Repeal of Discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act

Jun 26, 2013 Issues: LGBT Rights, Civil Liberties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The bill has 161 original cosponsors in the House and 41 in the Senate.  The list of cosponsors is attached below.

Congressman Nadler said: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor affirms what we stand for as Americans – the guarantee that every person and every family is given equal respect under the law.  It means that married same-sex couples can participate fully in federal programs that provide much-needed security for American families.  Far beyond this, today’s ruling also means that these couples – their loving commitments and lawful marriages – will finally receive their government’s equal respect and support.” 

“We should rejoice and celebrate today’s ruling, but our work is not yet done.  The Court has ruled that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, but Congress still must repeal the law in its entirety.  That is why we are reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA in its entirety and sends DOMA into the history books where it belongs.  This bill ensures repeal of section 2 of DOMA, which was not at issue in the Windsor case and purports to excuse the states from even considering whether to honor the marriage of a gay and lesbian couple performed by a sister state.  The bill also provides a uniform rule for recognizing couples under federal law, ensuring that all lawfully married couples will be recognized under federal law, no matter where they live,” Nadler added. “We salute today’s ruling.  It is a tremendously important victory, but it is also a call to all of us to finish the job by passing the Respect for Marriage Act.

Senator Feinstein said: “I was one of 14 senators to oppose DOMA in 1996.  Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court clearly establishes that one class of legally married individuals cannot be denied rights under federal law accorded to all other legally married couples.  Our legislation is necessary because inequities in the administration of more than 1,100 federal laws affected by DOMA—including social security and veterans benefits—will still need to be fixed.  It is time Congress strike this discriminatory law once and for all.”

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The Respect for Marriage Act has 161 original cosponsors, including Congressman Nadler, in the House and 41 original cosponsors, including Senator Feinstein, in the Senate.

Senate Cosponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act

Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

House Cosponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act

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Rep.

Jerrold

Nadler

2

Rep.

Nancy

Pelosi

3

Rep.

Steny

Hoyer

4

Rep.

Jim

Clyburn

5

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John

Conyers

6

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Jared

Polis

7

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David

Cicilline

8

Rep.

Sean Patrick

Maloney

9

Rep.

Mark

Pocan

10

Rep.

Kyrsten

Sinema

11

Rep.

Mark

Takano

12

Rep.

Rob

Andrews

13

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Ron

Barber

14

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Karen

Bass

15

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Xavier

Becerra

16

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Tim

Bishop

17

Rep.

Earl

Blumenauer

18

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Suzanne

Bonamici

19

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Robert

Brady

20

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Bruce

Braley

21

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Julia

Brownley

22

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Lois

Capps

23

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Michael

Capuano

24

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Tony

Cardenas

25

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John

Carney

26

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Matt

Cartwright

27

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Kathy

Castor

28

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Joaquin

Castro

29

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Donna

Christensen

30

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Judy

Chu

31

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Yvette

Clarke

32

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William Lacy

Clay

33

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Emanuel

Cleaver

34

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Steve

Cohen

35

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Gerry

Connolly

36

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Joe

Courtney

37

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Joe

Crowley

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Elijah

Cummings

39

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Danny

Davis

40

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Susan

Davis

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Peter

DeFazio

42

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Diana

DeGette

43

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John

Delaney

44

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Rosa

DeLauro

45

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Suzan

DelBene

46

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Ted

Deutch

47

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John

Dingell

48

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Lloyd

Doggett

49

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Michael

Doyle

50

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Donna

Edwards

51

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Keith

Ellison

52

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Eliot

Engel

53

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Anna

Eshoo

54

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Elizabeth

Esty

55

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Sam

Farr

56

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Chaka

Fattah

57

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Bill

Foster

58

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Marcia

Fudge

59

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Tulsi

Gabbard

60

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John

Garamendi

61

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Alan

Grayson

62

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Al

Green

63

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Raul

Grijalva

64

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Luis

Gutierrez

65

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Janice

Hahn

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Colleen

Hanabusa

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Richard

Hanna

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Alcee

Hastings

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Denny

Heck

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Brian

Higgins

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Jim

Himes

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Rush

Holt

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Mike

Honda

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Steven

Horsford

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Jared

Huffman

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Steve

Israel

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Eddie Bernice

Johnson

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Hank

Johnson

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Marcy

Kaptur

80

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Bill

Keating

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Joe

Kennedy

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Dan

Kildee

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Derek

Kilmer

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Ann

Kirkparick

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Ann McLane

Kuster

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James

Langevin

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Rick

Larsen

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John

Larson

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Barbara

Lee

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Sander

Levin

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John

Lewis

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David

Loebsack

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Zoe

Lofgren

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Alan

Lowenthal

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Nita

Lowey

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Ben Ray

Lujan

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Stephen

Lynch

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Daniel

Maffei

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Carolyn

Maloney

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Ed

Markey

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Doris

Matsui

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Carolyn

McCarthy

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Betty

McCollum

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Jim

McDermott

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Jim

McGovern

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Gregory

Meeks

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Grace

Meng

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Michael

Michaud

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George

Miller

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Gwen

Moore

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Jim

Moran

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Grace

Napolitano

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Gloria

Negrete McLeod

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Richard

Nolan

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Eleanor Holmes

Norton

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Beto

O'Rourke

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William 

Owens

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Frank

Pallone

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Bill

Pascrell

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Ed

Pastor

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Gary

Peters

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Chellie

Pingree

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David

Price

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Mike

Quigley

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Charles

Rangel

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Ileana

Ros-Lehtinen

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Lucille

Roybal-Allard

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Bobby

Rush

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Tim

Ryan

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Linda

Sanchez

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Loretta

Sanchez

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John

Sarbanes

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Jan

Schakowsky

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Adam

Schiff

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Brad

Schneider

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Allyson

Schwartz

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Bobby

Scott

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Jose

Serrano

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Carol

Shea-Porter

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Brad

Sherman

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Albio

Sires

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Louise

Slaughter

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Adam

Smith

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Jackie

Speier

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Eric

Swalwell

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Mike

Thompson

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John

Tierney

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Dina

Titus

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Paul

Tonko

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Niki

Tsongas

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Chris

Van Hollen

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Juan

Vargas

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Marc

Veasey

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Nydia

Velazquez

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Tim

Walz

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Debbie

Wasserman Schultz

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Melvin

Watt

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Henry

Waxman

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Peter

Welch

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Frederica

Wilson

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John

Yarmuth