DOMA repeal: Where is Sen. Amy Klobuchar?


The Courage Campaign notes that Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of two Democrats who have not yet said whether they support a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. CC’s Adam Bink notes:

“I just got off the phone with the offices of Democratic Sens. Kohl (D-WI) and Klobuchar (D-MN), who are not co-sponsors and told me they have not yet taken a position on the bill itself yet. To my knowledge, no Republicans on the committee have taken a position on this bill, either. So we are two shy.”

Klobuchar has often waited until the last minute on LGBT issues. She took considerable heat for not back a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before eventually voting for it. She hadn’t signed on to the Uniting American Families Act which would help binational same-sex couples stay together. And last spring she was missing from a resolution condemning Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill.

Her counterpart in the Senate, Sen. Al Franken, has lent his support to all three causes and has also spearheaded legislation to curb anti-gay bullying.

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.


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