The law bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, which denies couples certain protections and benefits.
“The full repeal of [the Defense of Marriage Act] is long overdue,” said Nadler, who chairs a subcommittee on the constitution and civil rights, in a statement. “Discrimination against committed couples and stable families is terrible federal policy.”
Nadler’s bill, the Respect for Marriage Act, would only have the federal government recognize same-sex marriages from states where they are permitted.
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