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American Lawmakers Target Anti Gay-Marriage Law

by VR Sreeraman on  September 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
US lawmakers opposed to a 1996 law that bars the US government from recognizing same-sex marriages will launch a campaign Tuesday to repeal the ban, leaders of the group said Monday.
 American Lawmakers Target Anti Gay-Marriage Law
American Lawmakers Target Anti Gay-Marriage Law
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Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler and two openly gay members of the House of Representatives -- Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis -- will unveil legislation to scrap the Defense of Marriage Act, they said.

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The bill, details of which were to be unveiled Tuesday, has the support of at least 75 lawmakers, according to a spokesman for Nadler, Ilan Kayatsky.

The 1996 law says no state needs to honor a same-sex marriage performed in another state as legal and defines marriage for the US government as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman.

In June, New Hampshire became the sixth US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and supporters of recognizing such unions say they hope for US President Barack Obama's help in repealing the federal ban.

Source: AFP
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