News release from U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar:
(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) as an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 and ensure that all married couples are treated equally under federal law. The bill was introduced with 91 original co-sponsors. (Please find attached a copy of the bill)
"The Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, unconscionable, and illogical," said Hastings. "Gay Americans are active in their communities, raise families, and pay taxes just like everyone else. All those who assume the serious legal responsibilities of marriage should be afforded equal rights and protection under the law.
"I commend Congressman Nadler for taking leadership in repealing DOMA and urge my colleagues in Congress to support this legislation."
The Respect for Marriage Act is in line with President Obama's long-standing commitment to overturning DOMA. Furthermore, it is supported by Advocates for Youth, the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Democratic Action, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Empire State Pride Agenda, the Equality Federation, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings is Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a senior member of the House Rules Committee, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.