U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he will work to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law that prevents federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to acknowledge a same-sex marriage from another state. Sen. Franken is an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal DOMA and allow the federal government to give same-sex married couples the same benefits that other married couples receive.
“DOMA is an injustice,” said Sen. Franken in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It is an immoral and discriminatory law. Our nation was founded on the premise that all people are created equal, and that all persons should receive equal treatment under the law. …. And that’s why I think the day we repeal DOMA will be a great day for this nation.”
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