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Bill to Repeal DOMA Attracting Lobbying

President Obama's Wednesday endorsement of same-sex marriage is the topic of the day, but advocates and opponents of gay marriage have been fighting on the Hill for months over bills that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

According to First Street Research Group, nine groups lobbied on the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate in the first quarter of 2012 and eight groups in the House, ranging from the Human Rights Campaign to the Traditional Values Coalition. The nine groups that had lobbying activity on the Senate version of the bill spent a total of $1.55 million on all their lobbying in the first quarter, according to First Street.

Another First Street report from last month compiled data on the organizations that had lobbied the Respect for Marriage Act in 2011. It found that there were 15 organizations and 70 lobbyists fighting for or against the bill. Fourteen of the lobbyists were former Hill staffers and four had worked for the Judiciary Committees, which have authority over the bills, according to First Street. 

One of the lobbyists working on the bill, according to First Street, is Kathryn Lehman. She is working to overturn DOMA despite helping write it as a Republican staffer on the Hill in the 1990s, as this Huffington Post profile highlights.

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