Two Respect for Marriage Act cosponsors bring House total to 156
September 18, 2012
This week, two new members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors for the Respect for Marriage Act. Rep. Mel Watt from North Carolina and Rep. Leonard Boswell from Iowa have become the latest co-sponsors of the bill, raising the total number of co-sponsors in the House to 156. Reps. Watt and Boswell are the third Congressmen from North Carolina and Iowa, respectively, to co-sponsor in the House.
The Respect for Marriage Act is the bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which federally prohibits respect of lawful marriages between same-sex couples and denies married same-sex couples over 1,100 protections afforded to different-sex married couples.
Freedom to Marry is a chair of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a partnership of over 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, legal, LGBT, student, and women's organizations working to build support for the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. You can learn more about the Coalition by visiting the Respect for Marriage Coalition microsite HERE.