Bill in Congress would repeal Defense of Marriage Act
Married same-sex couples throughout Washington state and elsewhere would be treated the same as married heterosexuals under a bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act that was introduced in Congress on Tuesday.
DOMA, as it is known, was passed by Congress in 1996 under then-President Clinton. It defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and bars the federal government from treating same-sex marriages as legal or granting gay couples federal benefits.
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