U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) is once again a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which was reintroduced today in the House following the historic Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The bill, which has 161 original cosponsors in the House, would ensure DOMA is repealed in its entirety and provides a uniform rule for recognizing same-sex couples under federal law.
"As a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act since being elected to Congress, I am proud to once again add my name to this important legislation," said Hanabusa. "While the federal benefits section of DOMA has been found unconstitutional, we still need to repeal the remainder of the law. The Supreme Court today made it clear that we as a nation will not discriminate against same-sex couples when it comes to marriage rights. It is now up to us to ensure that marriage rights receive full recognition in the law. We cannot stop now and be satisfied with today's ruling. There is still work to do, and I am proud to be part of that effort."
The Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional; however, the Respect for Marriage Act aims at repealing Section 2, which gives states the ability to not honor same-sex marriages performed by a sister state.