Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Arlen Specter: "The time has come to repeal DOMA"

In a piece on Tuesday's Huffiington Post, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) says he has flipped on same-sex marriage and now supports full marriage equality and the repeal of DOMA.

"The time has come to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture."

Specter, who rejoined the Democratic Party this year after serving three decades in the U.S. senate as a Republican, joins five other senators in changing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Specter sites changing political trends and a greater acceptance of LGBT people as his motivation for taking a stand that is unpopular in his native Pennsylvania.
"Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts have already passed laws recognizing same sex marriage and other states are moving in that direction. The states are the proper forum to address this divisive social and moral issue, not the Federal Government with a law that attempts to set one national standard for marriage."

Read the full post at The Huffington Post.
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