Congresswoman Susan Davis Moves to Extend Marriage Equality for All

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Washington, DC, January 8, 2015 | comments

U.S. Rep. Susan Davis became an original cosponsor of legislation to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its entirety and ensure marriage equality for all.

“A role of the federal government is to protect the rights of the people, not restrict them,” said Davis. “As long as the Defense of Marriage Act is still on the books, many Americans will be denied federal recognition of their marriages.”

In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that all marriages must be treated equally under federal law. However, there are some circumstances, such as with Social Security and veterans’ benefits, where full recognition of same-sex marriage rights are prevented because provisions of DOMA still exist.

The bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 197) would solve this problem with a complete repeal of DOMA.

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