Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Pelosi: No DOMA repeal now

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) told the Bay Area Reporter Wednesday, April 15 that repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act is not a top priority of hers right now.

The speaker said that her two legislative priorities for the LGBT community are passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the federal hate crimes bill; the latter was introduced in Congress earlier this month. She indicated action on those items would occur before any effort to repeal DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex relationships and allows states that do not provide equal rights to gay couples the ability to ignore such marriages granted in other states.

Pelosi made the comments while touring Project Open Hand, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides meals and groceries to people living with AIDS and other critical illnesses.

The B.A.R. will have a full report on Pelosi’s comments in the April 23 issue.

— Cynthia Laird, April 16, 2009 @ 1:56 pm PST
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