Sunday, July 15, 2012

U.S. House Republican Endorses Marriage Equality

Cuban-American Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a longtime Republican congressperson from Florida. She made headlines earlier this year by co-sponsoring the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

This week she made even more news by becoming the first Republican congressperson to endorse marriage equality:
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the only Republican co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, confirmed on Tuesday she supports same-sex marriage after remarks she delivered at the launch of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry at the Capitol Hill Club in D.C. 
While holding pro-LGBT views, Ros-Lehtinen endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney early on. Romney has endorsed a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and has pledged to resume defense of DOMA in court.
Speaking to the Blade, Ros-Lehtinen said she backs Romney because of his positions on economic issues while acknowledging the two may hold differing positions on other issues.
I wonder who the next Republican congressperson to endorse marriage equality will be? And I wonder if Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will sign on to the recently filed amicus brief in the Golinski case which is challenging the constitutionality of DOMA?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shorter Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "Civil rights are important, but not as important as getting myself and my donors a tax cut. Sorry gays!"


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