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Thu, Jul 21, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Defense of Marriage Act Repeal?


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Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty
Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

President Obama is backing a bill sponsored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein called the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 15-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA, signed by President Clinton, defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman -- and denied federal benefits for same-sex couples. We take up the debate over the bill.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Bill May, chairman of Catholics for the Common Good and an opponent of the Respect for Marriage Act
  • Jerrold Nadler, U.S. congressman (D, NY) and co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act
  • Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a proponent of the Respect for Marriage Act

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