Vermont is joining with New York and Connecticut in filing a brief urging a federal court to strike down the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA,
denies same-sex couples of a wide range of federal benefits.
Sen. Patrick Leahy is hailing President
Barack Obama’s support for legislation that would repeal the Defense of
Marriage Act and have the federal government grant legal recognition to married
Patrick Leahy says the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages
and repeal a law that prohibits such recognition. Leahy
voted for the law 16 years ago. But as VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, he says he
wouldn’t do the same today.