By JAVIER MANJARRESOnce again the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is under attack, as the Democratic caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has just signed a “marriage equality brief” with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The liberal wing of the Democratic party including members of Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alcee Hastings, all signed the brief except for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
According to the Miami Herald’s Steve Rothaus, the paper’s reporter on all things Gay in South Florida, “Wilson found herself in hot water with the LGBT activist” because of the recent report that she was among the 30 Democratic caucus members in the House of Representatives to not sign the marriage equality brief.
Wilson’s spokeswoman Gwen Belton said that the Congresswoman was supportive of marriage equality, and did not sign the brief because of a “technical glitch” in the House of Representatives, “which caused them to be left off the distribution list.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson strongly supports the Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for immediate invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act. A senior House staffer explained earlier that there was an “imperfect system” for distributing the notice for the brief and that Congresswoman Wilson’s office and other Democratic members’ offices were inadvertently left out due to a technical glitch. As a firm opponent of DOMA, she has formally requested to be added to the list of signatories of the brief.Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is a steadfast advocate for the LGBT community and views LGBT rights as a civil right battle of our time. She is a Congressional co-sponsor of both the bill to repeal DOMA and the Uniting Families Act and has been recognized by Human Rights Campaign and SAVE Dade as a strong supporter of marriage equality. –Rep. Frederica Wilson’s Office
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