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  Experience as mom shapes Ros-Lehtinen’s view on gay marriage
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News DateFriday, September 23, 2011 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt’s only one step in the legalization of gay marriage on a federal level, but brava, Ileana, brava.
In one of the gutsiest moves of a decades-long political career, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American from Miami, has become the first Republican member of Congress to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.
The measure would end antiquated discrimination in the way government defines what kind of gender union makes a partnership legal.
The legislation, sponsored by a Democrat from New York, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, would pave the way to make gay marriage legal within all 50 states by acknowledging that government should not define a couple by their sexual orientation.
Dubbed “Freedom to Marry,” the legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, which defines marriage solely as a legal union between one man and one woman. Ros-Lehtinen, whose political career has taken her from the Florida Legislature to the U.S. Congress, was one of 342 members of Congress who voted for that anti-gay measure.
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