Maryland Democrat Mikulski Pushed by LGBT Groups to Co-Sponsor DOMA Repeal

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has not signed on as a sponsor of the bill to repeal DOMA, and she's under heavy pressure to do so, reports Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade:

Mikulski A coalition of LGBT rights advocates — made up of Courage Campaign, Freedom to Marry and Equality Maryland — are building pressure on Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act by circulating a petition among Maryland residents asking her to support the bill.

As of Tuesday, organizers had collected more than 3,000 names for the petition encouraging Mikulski to voice support for the Respect for Marriage Act. LGBT rights advocates were set to deliver the petition to Mikulski’s Baltimore, Md., office on Friday.

LGBT rights advocates said Mikulski’s lack of co-sponsorship of the bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), is particularly striking because other elected officials in her states have voiced support for same-sex marriage and because plans are in motion to legalize same-sex marriage in the state next year.

Mikulski Pressured To Co-Sponsor DOMA Repeal [washington blade]