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U.S. President Barack Obama Endorses Bill To Repeal DOMA

White House press secretary Jay Carney says that President Barack Obama supports the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

AFP reports:

US President Barack Obama supports repealing legislation which bans federal authorities from recognizing gay marriage, his spokesman said Tuesday.

The “Defense of Marriage Act” was brought in in 1996 by then president Bill Clinton and stipulates that the federal state only recognizes marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman.

California Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced draft legislation calling for the law to be repealed, which is set to be debated Wednesday in the US Senate. But there is little guarantee that it will pass through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“I can tell you 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,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

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