Ben Cardin - Senator for Maryland

CARDIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REPEAL OF DOMA

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement:

“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding the first-ever Congressional hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  As a former member of the Committee and a long time supporter of equal rights, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598) that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  I believe that there is no place for discrimination in American society.  Our country was founded on the core principle that all citizens are created equal.  I will continue to work to protect the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation.  Government should not interfere in the ability of men and women to marry the person of their choice – the person they love.  Gay and lesbian couples should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including tax benefits, rights of inheritance, health insurance, and, of course, marriage.  Congress should follow the lead of a growing number of states, countries, and companies that give full recognition and equality to same-sex couples.”

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