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Success: Senator Tom Udall to co-sponsor repeal of DOMA!

DOMA Repeal

by Andy Kelley

Success! Today Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico announced he would support the repeal of DOMA! And we couldn’t have done it without you.

More than 1,000 Courage Campaign members joined with Progress Now New Mexico and the Democracy for New Mexico blog to petition Senator Udall to co-sponsor the repeal of DOMA. Local community activists Noreen Richards and Bernadette Koh joined Cleve Jones to deliver the signatures to the senators’ staff in Albuquerque.

Then our activists in New Mexico posted more than 90 comments on Sen. Udall’s Facebook wall, urging him to co-sponsor that legislation. In his announcement, Sen. Udall called the repeal of DOMA “fair and in accordance with the Constitution and I’m proud to co-sponsor it.”

Check out his video announcement below:

You can view the full transcript of this video at the Democracy for New Mexico blog.

Because of your efforts, and Senator Udall’s support, we are one step closer to repealing DOMA. Why not stop by the Senator’s Facebook page and say “thank you?


  • 1. Sarah  |  May 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Well said! I think that was a good, simple explanation that seems to get lost in the emotions: the federal gov't should recognize legal, State-approved contracts! Not doing so is unconstitutional, all other opinions aside.

  • 2. Chris in Lathrop  |  May 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

    My note to Senator Udall:

    Dear Senator Udall,

    I would like to express my gratitude that you have come out in support of the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. It is a courageous thing you do, standing up for what is not only Constitutionally correct, but also right. I am what is considered a "straight ally," that is, one who is heterosexual but supports the full civil rights of my LGBT brothers and sisters, and as such, I applaud you.

  • 3. jpmassar  |  May 17, 2011 at 7:59 am


    Now, what is stopping Bingaman?

  • 4. jpmassar  |  May 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Thanked him on his Facebook wall.

  • 5. LCH  |  May 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Left a thank you on his FB.


  • 6. Carpool Cookie  |  May 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Well that's cool! And a good approach to take, politically, for someone who want to add support from the sidelines, but is afraid their own state will tar and feather them. "I'm not saying MY constituants want it, but if other states do…"

  • 7. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Conservative Group Files Lawsuit Over DOMA Records

  • 8. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

    In Symbolic Gesture, Minnesota Dems Seek To Repeal State DOMA

  • 9. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Peter Sprigg at FRC

    Same-Sex “Marriage” Is Not Legal Under Federal Law. Ever. At Any Time.

  • 10. Sagesse  |  May 17, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Another take on Clement's decision to represent the BLAG.

    The Difference Between Defending DOMA and Neo-Nazis and the ACA

    Read more:

  • 11. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  July 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

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  • 12. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  July 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

    […] Repeal campaign with Sen. Feinstein. These folks successfully brought Sens. Klobuchar, Kohl and Tom Udall onboard through public efforts, and continue to be active in other states working with members to […]

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