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Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Follows Obama, Comes Out for Marriage Equality, Repeal of DOMA


Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), has come out in favor of same-sex marriage following President Obama's lead earlier today.

The Providence Journal reports:

"I've been thinking and deliberating about this for many, many months," said Reed. "I believe it's appropriate to support same-sex marriage and as a result to support the Respect for Marriage Act."

Reed thus makes Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation unanimous in backing the legislation, which would permit the recognition of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Reed had supported the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, which let states decline to recognize the validity of civil marriages between gays in other states.

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  1. who's next?

    fellas,contact your senators

    Posted by: t | May 9, 2012 10:39:44 PM

  2. More! This needs to be the start of a FLOOD!

    Posted by: kit | May 9, 2012 10:55:10 PM

  3. Jack Reed is a military veteran and a progressive democrat. His support will indeed help. He is probably not taking a big political risk in progressive R. I.

    Posted by: andrew | May 9, 2012 10:55:42 PM

  4. To be clear, the Respect for Marriage Act will not force states to recognize same-sex marriages. It will simply allow the federal government to recognize the same-sex marriages that those states recognize.

    Posted by: JFE | May 10, 2012 7:03:46 AM

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