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Lawmakers Urge Congress To Pass 'Respect for Marriage Act'

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The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, impacted more than 1,100 statutes and regulations, barring same sex couples from the federal benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples. The region's senators signed onto a letter to the president asking his administration to quickly disband any of the barriers that are keeping same sex couples from receiving equal treatment.

They're also asking the government to treat same sex couples in places like Virginia, where gay marriage is constitutionally banned, the same as in places where it's legal, such as D.C. and Maryland.

The lawmakers are also calling for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would strike DOMA from the federal books for good. Of the 38 senators who signed the letter to the president, not one was a Republican.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 1, 2015

This week, you can hear music played in memory of victims of terror or attend a concert for charity.


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Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.

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