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Video: Rep. Jerrold Nadler Reintroduces Uniting American Families Act to Secure LGBT Immigration Equality


Today outside the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D- NY) announced the reintroduction of the Uniting American Families Act, which would secure immigration rights for same-sex couples.

Said Nadler: "Today thousands of committed same-sex couples are needlessly suffering because of unequal treatment under our immigration laws, and this is an outrage...Our Constitution guarantees that no class of people will be singled out for differential treatment -- and LGBT Americans should not and must not be excluded from that guarantee. [The policy is] gratuitously cruel."

The bill was introduced with nearly 100 co-sponsors.

Senator Pat Leahy introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Watch Nadler introduce and explain the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: House, Senate Dems Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)


This morning in the House, and this afternoon in the Senate, legislation was introduced that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Watch both press conferences, AFTER THE JUMP...

The WSJ:

On the House side, Reps. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) (at podium, below) and John Conyers (D., Mich.) teamed up with the four openly gay members of Congress, Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.), David Cicilline (D., R.I.), Barney Frank (D., Mass.) and Jared Polis (D., Colo.), plus more than 100 cosponsors on the legislation, which is slated for formal introduction Wednesday afternoon.

In the Senate, the DOMA repeal effort will be led by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) (above) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Some 20 other co-signers have signaled their support.

Recently President Obama concluded, upon consultation with Attorney General Eric Holder, that classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to heightened legal scrutiny and that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, is unconstitutional.  The Administration said that it would continue to enforce DOMA until it was repealed or overturned by the courts, but it would curtail defense of Section 3 of DOMA in legal challenges.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye released the following statement to Towleroad: “The President has long said that DOMA is discriminatory and should be repealed by Congress.  We welcome the introduction of bills that would legislatively repeal DOMA, and look forward to working with lawmakers to achieve that goal.”

Watch both press conferences, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, a House resolution with 81 Republican sponsors condemns Obama for his decision to stop defending DOMA in court.

Recent DOMA developments...
Poll Shows Americans Oppose DOMA, Government Defense of It [tr]
Boehner Announces House Will Defend DOMA in Court [tr]
DOMA: Defending the Indefensible [tr]
Immigration Equality Prepping Binational DOMA Case [tr]
DOMA: The Ripple Effects of Heightened Scrutiny [tr]


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Bill to Repeal DOMA to be Introduced in House on Wednesday

A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act is coming this week as promised, the Advocate reports:

Nadler According to a news release from the House, the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA in its entirety, will be re-introduced by Reps. Nadler, Conyers, Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, and David Cicilline. The legislation already has 105 original co-sponsors in the House, and Sens. Diane Feinstein, Patrick Leahy and Kirsten Gillibrand plan to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.

“The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA, and comes in response to a call from President Obama for Congressional action on the issue,” reports the news release. “As the President has stated: ‘I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It’s discriminatory, it interferes with states’ rights, and it’s time we overturned it.’ Last week, on the heels of the President’s decision not to defend DOMA in court, House Republican Leadership announced that it will defend DOMA in court, making passage of the Respect for Marriage Act more critical than ever.”

The legislation will be re- introduced at an 11 am press conference this Wednesday.

Recent DOMA developments...
Boehner Announces House Will Defend DOMA in Court [tr]
DOMA: Defending the Indefensible [tr]
Immigration Equality Prepping Binational DOMA Case [tr]
DOMA: The Ripple Effects of Heightened Scrutiny [tr]

Nadler: No DOMA Repeal Activity Till at Least 2011

The DC Agenda has an interview with Congressman Jerrold Nadler in which he discusses activity on DOMA and other gay legislation pending in Congress:

Nadlerdcagenda "Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in an interview with DC Agenda that lawmakers will work on passing other pro-LGBT bills next year, and could take up legislation to repeal DOMA — known as the Respect for Marriage Act — at the end of the two-year session starting in 2011. 'The Respect for Marriage Act is a bill that we can’t pass right now; we know we can’t pass it right now,' he said. Nadler said Congress won’t take up the DOMA repeal next year because other LGBT-related bills, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation providing partner benefits for LGBT federal workers and a repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,' are taking precedence. Supporters hope to pass those measures by the end of 2010. 'The Respect for Marriage Act comes up after that, maybe at the end of the next Congress, maybe afterward,' he said."

Also: "During his Agenda interview, Nadler also addressed arguments that the Obama administration and Congress haven’t made sufficient progress on LGBT issues since the start of this year. The lawmaker said Congress has had a significant workload this year — including the passage of two annual budgets as well as stimulus and relief legislation for financial institutions — and that advocates for LGBT issues would be better to make judgments on Congress’ work at the end of next year. 'I think it would be very fair by the time the election rolls around next October to say we haven’t done enough on these issues,' he said. 'I think a lot of things have been fermenting and cooking. I think we will see a fair amount of action on these issues in next year’s session.' Asked whether President Obama could have spoken more forcefully on LGBT issues since the start of his administration, Nadler replied, 'I think he could have been more forthright on some of them.' He declined to elaborate."

Mixner: Cut Off Cash to Dems Not Supporting DOMA Repeal Legislation

Today, David Mixner published a list of co-sponsors of Congressman Jerrold Nadler's 'Respect for Marriage Act' (as of Friday) which would repeal the 'Defense of Marriage Act' DOMA.

NadlerMixner is calling for a stop to political contributions to any Democrat not on the list: "Ironically, missing from this list are such obvious ones as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, DCCC Chairperson Chris Van Hollen and other key Democrats. Let's get busy. Ever Democrat must join this list and we must remain firm to not contribute to anyone who doesn't support this effort to repeal DOMA....even our friends."

As we know, closing the GayTM has brought results in the past.

Read the list of 'Respect for Marriage Act' supporters,

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Iowa NAACP President announces support for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.


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Dan Savage has never slept with Janet Napolitano.


A Spice Girls musical?


Gus van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis collaborating on film adaptation of Vanity Fair article "The Golden Suicides".


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Alan Cumming in new photo shoot from David LaChapelle.


Gecko madness!


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Britney Spears shoots video for new single "3".



Meghan McCain creates Twitter furor with cleavage photo.


Muslim football team kicked out of league for refusing to play gay team.


Congressman Jerrold Nadler: Repeal DOMA now.


Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime at the National Equality March.


Bishop Gene Robinson will be appearing tonight at an event in Portland, Maine: "Join us for an evening of edification and education as we gather to worship God and to hear the words of the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, Rev. Ann Fowler, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, and Integrity Maine"


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