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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) signed on as an original cosponsor of the “Respect for Marriage Act of 2011,” which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and provide certainty with regard to Federal benefits and obligations for legally married couples.

“I am proud to stand with Senator Feinstein and others as we fight to end this fourteen-year-old policy and make sure all married couples are treated equally in the eyes of the federal government,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I strongly supported President Obama’s decision to stop defending DOMA in court. And now it’s time that we take another step forward and fully repeal this law.”

By repealing DOMA, the "Respect for Marriage Act" would make sure that Federal laws apply to all valid marriages. Nothing in the bill would require a State to recognize a marriage from another State; nor would anything in the bill obligate any person, religious organization, State, or locality to perform a marriage between two persons of the same sex.