Four GOP congressmen join push for US gvmt to recognize gay ‘marriages’

While polls suggest a plurality of Americans support same-sex 'marriage,' Republicans still oppose it overall.
Wed Feb 4, 2015 - 12:30 pm EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2015 ( -- A record number of Republicans have cosponsored a bill to repeal the Clinton-era "Defense of Marriage Act."

This week, Republican Reps. Robert Dold of Illinois and Carlos Curbelo of Florida formally backed "The Respect for Marriage Act." The Act, also known as H.R. 197, would require the federal government to recognizes same-sex “marriages” contracted in jurisdictions where the unions have been legalized.

Dold and Curbelo bring the total number of Republicans backing the bill to four. The other two are Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York.

In a public statement, Dold said, "This legislation is an important step toward ensuring that the federal government upholds its obligation to afford equal protection for all Americans. Washington should no longer stand in the way of loving unions between two people that have already been legally recognized in states like the one I represent."

While the bill has almost no chance of passage in the GOP-controlled House, the pro-gay "marriage" group Freedom to Marry immediately called for passage of H.R. 197. "The growth of support among Republicans for the freedom to marry shows that America is, indeed, ready to turn the page on past discrimination and that it is time for the Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution," said president Evan Wolfson.

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Polls suggest that while a plurality to a slim majority of the American people support same-sex "marriage," Republicans still oppose changing the definition of marriage in America.

This is not the first time that Hanna and Dold have bucked their party's principles on social issues. Hanna was the only Republican congressman to oppose defunding Planned Parenthood in the 113th Congress, and Dold ran an ad in 2014 touting his support for "family planning." Dold also introduced a bill in 2012 to protect Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.

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