NJ Senator supports repeal of DOMA for gay marriage

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, December 18, 2011 15:47 EDT
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Sen. Bob Menendez on Capital Hill. Image via AFP.
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In a complete reversal from his position 15 years, Sen. Bob Menedez (D-NJ) vowed Sunday morning to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and support same-sex marriages.

According to a column written in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Menedez came to his current stance on the issue after much thought.

“So today, I am announcing my support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA and ensures that all lawfully married couples — including same-sex couples — receive the benefits of marriage under federal law,” he wrote.

“Across our country, the attitudes of millions of Americans have changed on this issue and several states have acted to guarantee the freedom to marry to same-sex couples whose love for each other and life commitment to one another is no different from other couples.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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