Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is no longer the only Congressional Republican supporting repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

New York Rep. Richard Hanna on Friday announced his support for the measure.

In a statement released to gay glossy The Advocate, Hanna announced his co-sponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act.

“New York State allows all its citizens the freedom to marry the person they love,” Hanna said. “Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has a Constitutional responsibility to respect New York's right to set its own laws. It's my job to see that it does.

“It is right to extend equal protection under federal law to all couples who are legally married without infringing upon religious freedom and beliefs. This legislation does not tell states who can be married or who must be treated as married, nor does it require any religious institution to violate their own convictions.

“I respect the deeply held beliefs on both sides of this issue. The simple fact remains that the federal government has a responsibility to ensure all legally married couples are treated equally under federal law – and this bill would achieve that proper standard,” he added.

Freedom to Marry, the nation's largest group working on the issue of marriage equality, applauded Hanna's announcement.

“We urge other Congressional Republicans to stand on the right side of history and join Congressman Hanna in supporting the Respect for Marriage Act,” Jo Deutsch, federal director of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement.

The Supreme Court will hear later in this term an appeal in a case in which DOMA has been declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.

(Related: Supreme Court to hear gay marriage-related Prop 8, DOMA cases.)