Obama supports bill to repeal DOMA

It being election season, time to pander to your base. And what better way to do that than support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Politico: "The president has long called for the legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act." The Human Rights Campaign, the country's biggest gay advocacy group, immediately thanked Obama for his support. "By supporting this legislation, the President continues to demonstrate his commitment to ending federal discrimination against tens of thousands of lawfully married same-sex couples," the group's president, Joe Solmonese, said in the statement. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he celebrates Obama's position and appreciated the show of support before Wednesday's hearing. Obama has said he supports efforts to repeal DOMA, calling it a "discriminatory" law that violates...(Read Full Post)