Dianne Feinstein’s ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ gets Obama’s nod

July 21st, 2011 - 1:19 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein got a major boost in the arm when her sponsored bill got the nod from the US President Barack Obama. It ought to be mentioned that she had sponsored a bill to repeal the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and today it seemed that Barack Obama is also in favor of the bill.

The news was broken by Jay Carney, who is the press secretary at the White House. He stated that, “The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people — our families, friends and neighbors. He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act.”

Prior to this development, the President had also said that his government wasn’t at all in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. This DOMA bill was made onto law in 2006, when the former US President Bill Clinton had ratified it.

Sen. Feinstein’s bill is called as the Respect for Marriage Act. She said about her initiative that, “Family law has traditionally been the preserve of state law. The single exception is the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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