For Immediate Release
One Year After Introduction, DOMA Repeal Bill Keeps Gaining New Cosponsors
Momentum and Support for the Respect for Marriage Act Continue to Grow
WASHINGTON - Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Hansen Clarke (D-MI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) became the latest members of Congress to join the growing number of supporters of the Respect for Marriage Act (HR 1116 and S 598), the bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Representing diverse regions of the country, they signed on just days before the one-year anniversary of the Respect for Marriage Act’s introduction, bringing the total number of cosponsors in the House and Senate respectively to 140 and 31, up from 108 and 18 on March 16, 2011.
Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.