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DOMA: Sen. Levin to co-sponsor Respect for Marriage Act

DOMA Repeal

By Adam Bink

Sen. Levin’s office let us know today that the Senator intends to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA. This comes in advance of next month’s Judiciary Committee markup of the bill and brings the total number of Senators in support to 31.

Good on Sen. Levin. Now will Sen. Stabenow stand up for her gay and lesbian constituents and join him?

30 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Alan_Eckert  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    One more to add to the list!

  • 2. jpmassar  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Yeah!

    What could Reed possibly be waiting for?

  • 3. Gregory in SLC  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Woot! (why does the graphic show 20 to go?)

  • 4. Ronnie  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Awesome…. Thank you Sen. Levin…… subscribing & sharing…..

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  • 5. Dizzy  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    yeah, why?

  • 6. Adam Bink  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Graphical typo. Fixed.

  • 7. JRS Jacobson  |  October 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Didn't know where to put this, but thought you might be interested:
    http://thegazette.com/2011/10/20/nom-fires-marria

  • 8. Ann S.  |  October 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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  • 9. Gregory in SLC  |  October 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    re: "A Day in the Gay America" Ronnie posted
    Just for fun, looked up what we were doing on August 12th…..family time: 10 year old son and dad and his other "pop":
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  • 10. Ed in Lafayette  |  October 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    They have lost….now it's just a waiting game……
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/doma-def

    thoughts?

  • 11. DaveP  |  October 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hey! Nice 'Finn hat' !

    Whut time iz it?? Aaaaaaaadventure time!

  • 12. DaveP  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my. So they spend $1,500,000.00 and still counting and THAT's what they come up with? Anyone with no legal training at all except spending a little time on this site (or several others) would be able to knock down those ridiculous arguments in their sleep. Morons.

    I really hope THOSE procedings are shown all over TV. It would move everyone in the movable middle firmly to our side all at once.

  • 13. Straght4Equality  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Then I guess the "Let the People Vote" folks had better stop saying that every time a ban of same-sex marriage is put up to a vote of the people it has passed.

  • 14. MarcosLB  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for this great post on the nutty logic of boner and his crew. I finally had to stop reading all the addictively amazing comments for fear of losing my job.

  • 15. DaveP  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I think my favorite was the person who pointed out that Boner's crew are trying to say that we don't have a long history of discrimination and that society and the law have only mentioned gays at all in the past few decades – so what about all the religious right folks who keep yelling about how homosexuality is denounced in ancient texts like the Bible???

  • 16. Phillip R  |  October 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Yea…what a horrible defense. It's all over the place.

    First, I'd like to know how long you have to be discriminated against before it's considered wrong. A day? Month? Few decades? That argument just admits that discrimination exists and should we really be putting some sort of time limit on how long it has to be around before something is done?

    I just don't understand…it's like they are trying to justify discrimination and openly so. Not just the whole 'we are protecting traditional marriage' argument…it goes beyond that. This is actually admitting that discrimination exists but that it's okay because one day it may not?

    Just blows my mind.

  • 17. DaveP  |  October 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    …. and of course, the underlying idea behind that, which I suspect may actually be intentional and the only 'smart' thing in their argument, is that they are saying there is no need for the Supreme Court to make a decision about the constitutionality of these issues since maybe legislators will change the laws anyway…. but of course, if the discrimination ends via that route, it can easily come right back after the next election. Whereas once the court rules, it's far more permanent. So it looks liek they're saying 'don't let the court rule, change it in other ways (that we Republicans can easily undo as soon as we're back in the majority).

  • 18. Gregory in SLC  |  October 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    : D

  • 19. Kalbo  |  October 21, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I hope this is an appropriate forum to post, as it does relates to DOMA, my P8TT ohana.

    For more than 3 years, I've been trying to work in an unjust system to be with my fiancé, who is not a US citizen. I've called and pleaded for help from Sen. Inouye's office on several occasions, and I've written to all my elected officials, attorneys, and rights groups. We're much deeper in debt, and emotionally bruised from being denied twice (we bought a lot of things to help him get at least a tourist visa on his own merit, but it was for not).

    I recently saw an article about a couple, Tim Coco and Genesio Oliveira Jr., who was separated in 2007. Finally, with the help of Sen. Kerry's office, Genesio was granted humanitarian parole in June 2010 by Napolitano.

    I wasn't aware of such an option before, so I eagerly called Inouye's office to discuss following Kerry's precedent. But his gatekeeper dashed my hopes, only offering to 'express interest' in my case should I file. Damn it — what is it going to take to get the help we desperately need? I felt like I was educating her on the status of DOMA in the courts, the president's actions and DOJ brief, all while being patronized with 'Well, that's the law, sir.' He opposes the law, but he won't put a human face on the pain it causes, and use every legal path available to unite us for the time being?

    It's so discouraging and frustrating; even 'supportive' friends and co-workers really don't get it. None have ever helped in any way to affect change or lobby on our behalf. Worse, they don't educate themselves on the issue. When NY passed SSM, I was asked by many of these 'supporters' when he was coming now that we could get married. *sigh

    I've sent versions of this open letter below directly to my (Hawaii) state-level officials (my district lawmakers, gay lawmakers, governor, lt. gov., the Dem party GLBT caucus) and Sen. Kerry. Will I receive condolences and nothing more once again, or will someone actually become a champion for our rights and do what's right for once?

    Anyone out there want to help put pressure on politicians at every level to get some attention where it's needed? I need help, guidance, assurance. Things are looking bleak over here. :-(
    http://kalboandpoknat.com/open-letter

  • 20. DaveP  |  October 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    hi Kalbo,

    please forgive me if you've already tried these suggestions, but have you been in touch with legal groups like AFER? Or perhaps some of the other legal teams that are directly involved with cases challenging DOMA? I'm not an expert on the details fo the pending cases, maybe others here can chime in with some specific suggestions for who else you can contact.

    Other than that, have you considered some direct actions like maybe starting an on-line petition via one of the more popular sites for those actions? It should contain a very specific request for action, like telling your senator to utilize statute XYZ to accomplish ABC. And if there is anything you want us to do, please be specific and I'm sure there are lots of folks here who would be willing to help.

  • 21. AnonyGrl  |  October 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    True. The only document needed to refute that particular claim is the bible.

    They can't have it both ways… but they sure will try!

  • 22. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  October 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    [...] national news,┬áSenator Carl Levin agreed to co-sponsor a bill to repeal DOMA, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 31 in advance of next month’s vote in the Senate [...]

  • 23. Waren aus China  |  November 18, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Kalbo,
    are you still around? Would like to know the same like Dave. HAve you tried it yet? any success?
    Please keep us up to date. regards

  • 24. Gratis Shop  |  November 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Anyone has come up with the actual number of supporting senators yet? Would be great to get an update.

  • 25. Livestyle  |  December 3, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Homosexual partnerships should be in the Western world no longer a problem. In Germany it is not.

  • 26. endless  |  June 21, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Hard to believe that we live in the 21st century!

  • 27. Verkehrsrecht  |  June 25, 2012 at 7:19 am

    It should also give this relationship a Verkehrsrecht (German Word) – in english: "Trafik Law".

  • 28. endless  |  June 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Why homosexual partnerships in the U.S. is so problematic? Where it comes to the oldest democracy in the world? Too bad that also specify where the ultras set the tone

  • 29. designermöbel  |  June 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I can only echo the comments of the comments from other users connect only. In Switzerland, too, the problems of homosexuality not as pronounced as in the United States. Of course there are people everywhere untolerante, but not in this set.

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