Same-sex marriage foe pushes back against effort to lobby Reed
A few days after a coalition of same-sex marriage supporters called on Senator Jack Reed to help undo the Defense of Marriage Act, one of their top counterparts in trying to lobby Reed in the opposite direction.
The National Organization for Marriage Rhode Island e-mailed out this message earlier today:
Local homosexual marriage adovcates are urging Senator Reed to join the efforts in Washington DC to repeal DOMA.
In the wake of President Obama’s decision to abandon the government’s defense of DOMA, dueling bills introduced in Congress would put every U.S. Representative on record on marriage. Rep. Vicky Hartzler introduced a resolution in the House condemning the move and calling on President Obama to reverse course. Days later, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, with 105 co-sponsors, introduced a bill to repeal DOMA outright.
In response to this pressure, Senator Reed stated,
“Well I’m looking very carefully at it. It’s a critical issue of public policy,” says Reed. “I think it merits a careful study and that’s what I’m doing and I’m going to do it quickly so that I can come to a conclusion.”
Further, through a representative the Senator reported that he is “taking a look and listening to what Rhode Islanders have to say.”
This is your chance to make your voice heard. Email Senator Reed urging him to support marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act by following this link.