More on Equality

Jun 26, 2013

Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage may inspire new push in N.J. | The Star Ledger

"The Supreme Court has held what I have been arguing for more than a decade — DOMA is unconstitutional," he said in a statement. "Yet it is still just one step in the march towards total equality for all Americans. I remain strongly in support of repealing DOMA in its entirety and passing the Respect for Marriage Act so that all marriages between two committed individuals in the United States are recognized by the federal government."

Apr 2, 2013

Where do local lawmakers stand on same-sex marriage? | Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1996, when the Defense of Marriage Act passed, Joe Biden, then a Democratic senator from Delaware, was on the same side as Pennsylvania’s conservative Republican Rick Santorum – both voted for it. Democrats, in fact, joined Republicans to overwhelmingly vote in favor of the bill limiting federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples only. A Democratic President, Bill Clinton, signed the measure. Two exceptions in the House were Philadelphia’s Chaka Fattah and Jersey Shore Congressman Frank Pallone, who were two of just 67 House members to vote “no.”