Congresswoman Gwen Moore Votes to Pass Respect for Marriage Act

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Votes to Pass Respect for Marriage Act

Today, Congresswoman Moore released the following statement:

“I have always fought for marriage equality – the freedom for Americans to marry who they love. This right is under threat because of a radical Supreme Court and an extreme GOP agenda, which denies personal liberties to Americans. That’s why acting now is critical. It makes so proud to know that Wisconsin’s own Senator Tammy Baldwin led these negotiations. Today, I join my colleagues in securing key marriage equality protections with bipartisan federal legislation - the Respect for Marriage Act.”

The Respect for Marriage Act will take several steps to protect the inviolability of same-sex and interracial marriages:

•Repealing the “Defense of Marriage Act”: While the Supreme Court has effectively voided DOMA, this unconstitutional and discriminatory federal law still remains on the books.  The Respect for Marriage Act will repeal this statute once and for all.

•Enshrining Marriage Equality Into Federal Law: This legislation will uphold married couples’ right to equal protection in all areas covered under federal law, such as Social Security, tax filings and veterans’ benefits.

•Barring Discrimination By State Officials: This legislation prohibits state officials from denying recognition of an out-of-state marriage on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity or national origin.


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