Legislation Would Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

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The Supreme Court had already declared it unconstitutional in 2013. 

The Respect for Marriage Act has been introduced in Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. DOMA prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home states from receiving the many benefits available to other married couples under federal law. 

In 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the 1996 act was unconstitutional and that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections. 

The Respect for Marriage Act is anticipated to come to the floor of the House for a vote this week. It is unclear, however, whether the bill will garner enough votes in the Senate to bypass a filibuster. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for members of Congress as the new legislation comes to a vote.
  • For insight for senators as the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act is considered.
  • For God to accomplish His will through the governing of the three branches of the United States

Sources: The Hill, Axios


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