Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) said a push in the North Carolina state legislature to add a [marriage] amendment to the state constitution has prompted him to co-sponsor federal legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
In response, Miller’s proposed repeal of DOMA would force states to recognize same-sex marriages that occurred in other states. So, for instance, if a same-sex couple were legally married in New York, the rights and benefits of that marriage would become available in a state such as North Carolina. While the legislation has little chance of succeeding in a Republican-controlled House, Miller hopes the move will shore up support against the North Carolina state amendment.
Miller becomes the second North Carolina Democrat to sponsor the DOMA repeal bill, joining Rep. David Price.