Lawmakers Announce DOMA Repeal Effort

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have announced legislation to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday.

"The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA, and comes in response to a call from President Obama for Congressional action on the issue," the House news release read.

"As the President has stated: 'I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It's discriminatory, it interferes with states' rights, and it's time we overturned it.' Last week, on the heels of the President's decision not to defend DOMA in court, House Republican Leadership announced that it will defend DOMA in court, making passage of the Respect for Marriage Act more critical than ever," the release continued.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Calif., Patrick Leahy, Vt., Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Christopher Coons, Del., and Richard Blumenthal, Conn., will officially announce their DOMA repeal bill in a press conference in the Senate Office Building.

DOMA, signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Gay marriage supporters want to see it overturned and President Barack Obama has said he won't defend it in court.

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he will launch a legal defense of DOMA.

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