McCollum, Ellison seek repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrats Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison have cosponsored a bill in the House that would direct the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage performed in states where the practice is legal and to provide benefits to individuals in a same-sex marriage.

The legislation, which has 94 cosponsors, is called the Respect for Marriage Act and was introduced by Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado.

If passed, the bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 13-year-old bill that was passed under President Bill Clinton.

The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. It also states that no state needs to treat a relationship between people of the same sex as a marriage or recognize a same-sex relationship that is considered a marriage in another state.

At the time, Democrat Martin Sabo was the only Minnesota lawmaker to vote against the bill. Minnesota Democratic Reps. David Minge, Bruce Vento, William Luther, Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar voted for it, as did Republican Reps. Gil Gutknecht and Jim Ramstad.

In the Senate, both Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone and Republican Sen. Rod Grams voted for the bill.

During the campaign, Obama called for a repeal, but has stepped away from the issue since then.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/18/2009 - 12:05 pm.

    The country is in financial meltdown. We are at war. We are in the middle of the biggest government power grab of the past 80 years….and the boobsey twins are busy dredging up gay marriage.

    If this was Michele Bachmann, doing the same thing, Minnpost would have three days of wall to wall mockery going.

  2. Submitted by Joe Johnson on 09/18/2009 - 01:53 pm.

    If it was Bachmann… the Glean would have a headline… Super Bizarro Bachmann avoids all problems facing America. I think they have a checklist to headline their stories.

  3. Submitted by Ralf Wyman on 09/18/2009 - 06:05 pm.

    Let’s see. The House passed all sorts of things like the TARP for the financial melt-down, and word is that while job losses will continue for a while, we’re most likely at the inflection point of the recession.

    The House has passed A.C.E.S. and several key House committees have passed versions of healthcare reform.

    They’ve moved on to student loan reform.

    Sounds to me like they can chew gum and walk at the same time.

    Introducing a bill and rounding up co-sponsors happens hundreds of times a year. I think they can handle this DOMA one, too.

    Meanwhile, Ms. Bachmann gets consistent low marks for the tiny number of bills she introduces each year.

    Huh. Whaddaya make of that?

  4. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/18/2009 - 07:48 pm.

    Well thanks, for your opinion, Ralf.

    I happen to disagree with federal DOMA legislation. This is the sort of things that are the right of the several states to decide.

    So, despite the fact that Minnesota is facing a deficit, I’ll be encouraging my legislators to pass a DOMA amendment to the MN constitution next year.

    ‘Cause our state legislature should be able to chew and walk as well, right?

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