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Gay Ally GOP Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

By Charlotte Robinson, September 25, 2011
If you watched the GOP debate last night perhaps you became a bit ill listening to Rick Santorum answer a gay soldier's question about the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" promising that if elected he will reinstate the policy. Fortunately there are a few Republicans in Congress that do support LGBT civil rights. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has become the first Republican member of Congress to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act. This is the bill that will put an end to the Defense of Marriage Act. (DOMA) Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen stated, "I'm pleased to join the Log Cabin Republicans in our fight for marriage equality. I co-sponsored the repeal of DOMA because I firmly believe that equality is enshrined in our constitution & in our great democracy." Well, it’s a start….
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1 comment:

R. Clarke Cooper said...

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has long been on the frontlines in fighting for human dignity at home and abroad. As a founding member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus she has been a reliable ally and leader time and again on legislation to secure freedom and fairness for all Americans. Log Cabin Republicans are grateful that she has once again stepped forward as an inclusive leader by co-sponsoring the Respect for Marriage Act. Marriage is a fundamental right of all Americans. The so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an offense to the core conservative principles of liberty and federalism. It has been repudiated by its author, former Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA), and is rejected by a growing majority of Americans. It is time that our law respected all marriages. There is much work to be done to make that dream a reality, but with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen's leadership, marriage equality is on the horizon.

R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director

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