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Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Action with PFLAG!

On Wednesday, March 16th, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and John Conyers (D-MI), announced the re-introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, for the first time ever, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a companion bill (S. 598) in the U.S. Senate. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and restore the rights of all lawfully married couples - including same-sex couples - to receive the benefits and responsibilities of marriage under federal law. The legislation would also provide married same-sex couples with over 1,100 federal benefits even if they moved to a state that does not recognize their marriage.  Currently Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia all recognize same-sex marriages. 

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