Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has reiterated his support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union for federal agencies and the military.
Grassley is among the eight Republicans who sit on the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee set to begin debate Thursday on a bill that would repeal the law.
The senator “has been very clear how he feels about this bill,” Beth Levine, a Grassley spokesperson, told gay weekly The Washington Blade.
Grassley, whose home state of Iowa is one of six states where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry, favored the legislation in 1996. And in remarks during a hearing on repeal, he stated he remains a supporter.
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