North Carolina Rep. Ralph Bradley “Brad” Miller announced Wednesday he will co-sponsor a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Miller is the 123rd co-sponsor of the bill first introduced during last year's legislative session by New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

“For a couple who has been married legally, every state should be required to give full faith and credit. North Carolina would still not be required to perform civil marriage, but it would be required to [recognize] marriages performed in other states,” Miller told gay glossy The Advocate.

Miller also criticized the effort to ban gay marriage in his home state: “This is entirely about putting on the ballot a very divisive issue for political purposes … and to try to lock in the attitudes of one generation. The amendment goes well beyond marriage and would prohibit any type of civil union legal recognition as well.”

Earlier this week, Reps. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Jim Langevin of Rhode Island also said they would co-sponsor Nadler's bill.