Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico is the latest senator to support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Calif.-based LGBT advocacy group Courage Campaign announced on Tuesday.
Udall is the 24th sponsor of the senate bill, introduced in March by Calif. senator Dianne Feinstein, that would repeal the 1996 law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
The House version of the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, currently has 111 cosponsors (the 2009 version of the bill ultimately attracted 120 cosponsors).
Courage Campaign had lobbied for Sen. Udall's support for the bill and have now turned its focus on Udall's New Mexico colleague, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (both are Democrats).
"Sen. Bingaman, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining us. Polls show that more than 50% of Americans support marriage equality and every American respects someone who stands for their principles, so we look forward to signing you on," Courage Campaign founder and chair Rick Jacobs said in a Tuesday statement.
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