GOP Rep. Supports DOMA Repeal

Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York who was voted into office in the 2010 Tea Party election, has come out in favor of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and guaranteeing federal recognition of all legal marriages performed in the states.

“New York State allows all its citizens the freedom to marry the person they love,” he said. “Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has a Constitutional responsibility to respect New York’s right to set its own laws. It’s my job to see that it does.

“It is right to extend equal protection under federal law to all couples who are legally married without infringing upon religious freedom and beliefs,” Hanna continued. “This legislation does not tell states who can be married or who must be treated as married, nor does it require any religious institution to violate their own convictions.

“I respect the deeply held beliefs on both sides of this issue,” he said. “The simple fact remains that the federal government has a responsibility to ensure all legally married couples are treated equally under federal law – and this bill would achieve that proper standard.”

He is the second Republican member of the House to do so, following Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.


  1. lancifer says

    There are two strains of Tea Party members. One is the Christo-facist reactionary, the other is more rational and libertarian. These two representatives seem to be of the second variety. It’s a shame that the first variety seems to be the dominant one.

  2. lancifer says

    D.C. Sessions,

    Sadly your observation is probably correct. I think that is why the Tea Party is going to marginalize itself out of relevance and continue to hurt the electoral chances of the Republican Party until it does.

    Like your cat by the way. Is it a Savannah?

  3. D. C. Sessions says

    Indeed, he is an F1 Savannah that we sort-of-rescued. Poorly socialized as a result of tragedy, then the situation changed again to make “poorly socialized” intolerable. So the previous owner very wisely put him up for adoption with a Savannah rescue group, who knew us from previous successes with “impossible” adoptions.

    He’s way mellower now, and is even allowing some petting. Recently heard to purr for the first time.

  4. lancifer says

    Cool! I hope he learns to trust you even more.

    I have a couple of 8 month old kitties that some one dumped on my sister’s mini farm in Kentucky when they were just 6 weeks old. They are just standard short haired cats but they are beautiful in their own right. The female is black and the male is an orange tabby. I had them both neutered so at least they wont add to the problem.

    I would love to get a Savannah but when there are so many unwanted regular cats around I have been hesitant to go out and buy an exotic breed.

    Good luck with that gorgeous guy. Hopefully more purring is on the way.

  5. says

    Rep. Hanna is my Congressman, sorry to say. He is a conservative millionaire and was “primaried” by a Tea Party candidate in 2012. Don’t hold your breath that he will be ousted in 2014 by someone similar. Given his connections and money, and the history/politics of the region, I would wager that he could hold on to this seat for many terms if he so wishes.

    While it’s true that Mr. Hanna has come out in support of a woman’s right to choose and the repeal of DOMA, he is by no means a member of the apparently now extinct species “Moderate Republican”. For example, he has made some very negative comments regarding wind power.

  6. slc1 says

    Re jimf @ #8

    Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is also very conservative and is a strong opponent of any loosening of sanctions agains her native Cuba. She’s been around for a while and it is doubtful that the teabaggers would be able to primary her.

  7. briandavis says

    This post is behind the times. Charles Bass (R-NH) has become the third Republican cosponsor of the repeal act.

  8. lancifer says


    Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than just three Republicans to get DOMA repealed.

    It’s a start, and I suspect that their recent losses at the polls may cause them to reconsider some of their more unpopular stances. Especially ones that don’t really cost them anything and have the potential to bring new Republicans under the tent. (Gays and Hispanics come to mind.)

  9. says

    Rep. Hanna is my Congressman, sorry to say. He is a conservative millionaire and was “primaried” by a Tea Party candidate in 2012. Don’t hold your breath that he will be ousted in 2014 by someone similar.

    I know. But still … as a New Yorker, I am proud that we managed to get the equal right to marriage law passed and I even like that our Tea Party-proof Republicans are remotely sane.
    It’s not where we want to be but it’s a start

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