Vows to Repeal DOMA In Conjunction With Feinstein and Boxer
Lori Saldaña, who co-authored California’s landmark Marriage Equality legislation, is thanking President Barack Obama for being the first U.S. President in history to voice support for marriage rights for LGBT Americans.
“Despite the setbacks for the LGBT community over the last few days, I believe this is a tipping point for marriage equality in the United States,” Lori says.
“For a sitting president to come forward after soul-searching and to acknowledge without reservation the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry is an important step forward.”
“I am very proud of President Obama,” says Lori. “I believe his support will encourage more people to reconsider their position on the right of all Americans to marry.”
Lori Saldaña signed onto Assemblyman Mark Leno‘s Marriage Equality legislation immediately after being sworn in as a freshman assemblymember in 2004. The Gender Neutral Marriage Act was the first legislation of its kind to be passed by a state legislature.
When then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, Lori co-authored the second version of the legislation in 2007. She was the only straight legislator to vote for the bill in the five counties south of Los Angeles.
Now a congressional candidate in California’s 52nd Congressional District, Lori says upon her election to the U.S. Congress she will partner with Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law which allows states to discriminate against married same-sex couples.
“I will work with my colleagues in Congress to repeal federal statutes like DOMA which codify discrimination,” Lori says. “We pioneered marriage equality in California, and I will continue this work in Washington.”
For her work on LGBT equality issues, Lori received a 100% rating from Equality California and has been endorsed by LGBT elected officials Tom Ammiano, Mark Leno, Sheila Kuehl and LGBT civil rights leaders Nicole Murray-Ramirez and Joseph Rocha.
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who signed the nation’s first civil union legislation into law, will be hosting a fundraiser for Lori Saldaña on May 22nd.