Senator Max Baucus Backs DOMA Repeal

 

U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana has renounced his previous stance and now supports a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Baucus voted in favor of DOMA along with the overwhelming majority of Congress when the law was passed in 1996.

Reports On Top Magazine:

The 70-year-old Baucus, who began his Senate career in 1978, announced his endorsement after Montana Democrats at their state convention last weekend endorsed gay nuptials.

Democrats unanimously voted to alter their party’s platform to include the following passage: “We support repealing Section 7, Article 13 of the Montana Constitution. All adults should have the right to legally marry another adult of their choice, regardless of sex or gender. We believe same-sex spouses should have the same legal benefits, protections and responsibilities granted to all those who marry.”

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Baucus released the following statement: “I don’t believe the federal government should be getting involved in people’s private lives. Adults should be free to choose who they spend their lives with a committed relationship.”

This stance was echoed by Democratic nominee for governor Attorney General Steve Bullock who, through campaign manager Kevin O’Brien, said, “Equality is something we should work for, and Steve is proud that Democrats are leading.”

Montana voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 banning same-sex marriage.

Around 140 House lawmakers back the federal Respect for Marriage Act that would repeal DOMA, while over 31 lawmakers have backed the measure in the Senate.

 

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20 comments

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

Yet another step in the right direction.........

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V.4 years ago

I think we could do away with at least half the laws on the books and we would be better for it. I am glad that he is doing the right thing even if it should have been done years ago.

People need to understand that true freedom is where even the people you disagree with are protected BY and FROM the law.

Karen Howard
Karen H.4 years ago

“I don’t believe the federal government should be getting involved in people’s private lives. Adults should be free to choose who they spend their lives with a committed relationship.”
Now if all the other closed-minded people would realize this.

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy4 years ago

Bausus just wants to stay in power...after is girlfriend scandal he had to do something

Carl Oerke
Carl O.4 years ago

Did Senator Max Baucus of Montana wake up one morning and smell the discrimination?

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

It really isn't anyone's business who one marries. I can understand friends or family trying to talk someone out of it, but not the government denying it.

Florence Eaise
Florence Eaise4 years ago

thank you Senator Baucus! Good job! Thanks for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

good news exemplifying enlightenment

Jen Matheson
Past Member 4 years ago

Awesome! More good news today. :)

Jeannie N.
Jeannie N.4 years ago

Yay Mr. Baucus, I am originally from Montana and he made me proud to say that even more :)