New bill would dramatically change how LGBT couples are treated
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 15 that would repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and respect state marriages by providing federal protections for married same-sex couples. The bill would provide federal benefits to married same sex couples.
DOMA passed in 1996, authorized discrimination against lawfully married same-sex couples. The new bill called the Respect for Marriage Act, was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and several others.