Call to End DOMA Advances to California Senate FloorAssemblymember Julia Brownley

By Dan Aiello

AJR 19 (Brownley, Feuer), a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the nation's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advanced to California's Senate floor, after it was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday June 16.

The resolution by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), calls on the U.S. Congress and President to repeal DOMA because it "discriminates against married same-sex couples."

“There are more than one thousand federal rights now denied to same-sex couples,” Assemblywoman Brownley said.  “Married same-sex couples deserve equal access to these benefits. This is a simple matter of fairness.”

The Defense of Marriage Act bars same-sex couples from Social Security survivors’ benefits, access to health insurance through a federally-employed spouse and the ability to file joint tax returns, among other benefits.

California married more than 18,000 same-sex couples before voters narrowly passed prop 8, which stripped away the right to marry for same-sex couples.  Those marriages "should be recognized when they travel to other states and they deserve all of the rights and responsibilities of heterosexual couples," Brownley said in a press release regarding AJR 19.

AJR 19 is sponsored by Equality California and the California Faculty Association.

 

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