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Sen. Franken Urges Supreme Court to Find So-Called Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

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Today, as part of his ongoing fight to end discrimination against same-sex couples and their children, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged the Supreme Court to find the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

In an amicus brief sent to the Supreme Court, Sen. Franken and a number of his colleagues in the House and Senate argued that the Court should overturn DOMA because it violates individuals' rights to equal protection under the law by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples and their children.

"For 37 years my wife Franni and I have had a loving marriage, and every couple is entitled to that same right to marry," said Sen. Franken. "The Defense of Marriage Act unjustly denies important protections to Minnesotans and people across this country because of who they love. It is unconstitutional and needs to be overturned immediately."

Sen. Franken is a longtime advocate for marriage equality. He is a supporter of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA and restore the federal benefits of marriage to all lawfully married couples - including tens of thousands of same-sex couples.

This week Sen. Franken also signed onto the Uniting American Families Act, a common-sense proposal that would allow individuals to sponsor their same-sex foreign-born partners for residency in the U.S. Many Minnesotans in committed same-sex partnerships have personally reached out to Sen. Franken about their struggles with their bi-national relationships and the decisions they face between leaving their country or being separated from their partners.


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