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MERI calls on Reed to stand with President Obama in backing same-sex marriage

May 9, 2012

Marriage Equality Rhode Island is calling on Senator Jack Reed to join President Obama in backing same-sex marriage:

Today, President Obama reaffirmed the American ideal that all citizens should be treated equally. It’s been 224 days since Sen. Reed promised to make a decision on this important civil rights issue ‘very shortly.’ With President Obama, Vice President Biden, every other member of our Congressional delegation and a majority of Rhode Islanders all supporting equal rights for LGBTQ citizens, it’s time Sen. Reed told us where he stands,” said MERI Campaign Director Ray Sullivan. 

For months, MERI, Ocean State Action and the national organizations Freedom to Marry and Courage Campaign have been lobbying Reed to support the Respect for Marriage Act, federal legislation that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline are all marriage equality supporters and sponsors of the bill. Reed voted in favor of DOMA as a member of the House in 1996.

In January, Reed said he was unsure about whether he’d back repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

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