It’s nice to know that there are still one or two sane Republicans in Washington. Joe has a statement from Freedom to Marry, announcing that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has signed on to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA:
Today, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she would be the first Republican member of Congress to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116), sponsored by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. “Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s support for this important bill confirms that equal respect for all marriages is a bipartisan, mainstream value,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. “Working with Representatives Ros-Lehtinen and Nadler, and the Respect for Marriage Act’s 124 co-sponsors, Freedom to Marry will continue to make the case to Republican and Democratic members of Congress that it’s time to return the federal government to its proper role of honoring all marriages legal in the states — without a gay exception.”
Ros-Lehtinen has always been pro-gay, so this isn’t really that surprising, but again, it’s nice to see anyone with an “R” next to her name standing up for equality.