Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Democrats Introduce DOMA Repeal in Both Chambers

According to the Huffington Post, congressional Democrats have introduced to both chambers today the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act in its entirety.
The bill, coined the Respect for Marriage Act, would end DOMA, the 1996 law that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage even if a couple has been married under state law. The legislation comes on the heels of a February announcement from the Obama administration that the Department of Justice will no longer defend DOMA in court.

Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) partnered with the four openly gay members of Congress, Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), plus more than 100 cosponsors on the legislation, which is slated for formal introduction Wednesday afternoon.

In the Senate, the DOMA repeal effort will be led by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), with about 20 cosponsors signaling support.
As I wrote earlier this week, I believe it is highly unlikely that DOMA will be repealed this congress, as Republicans have a majority in the House and have already pushed to defend DOMA in the Justice Departments' stead.  However, there is no question that support for DOMA is dwindling: it is only a matter of time before the law is repealed.

Call your congressman and tell him or her to support the Respect for Marriage Act, or click here to fill out an easy form that will send a letter to your rep on your behalf.


  1. In your mind, support for DOMA is dwindling... Support for DOMA is on the increase after Obama unilaterally decided DOMA is unconstitutional. DOMA was passed by majority, and is a law that's perfectly constitutional. Obama's opinion is not relevant because it is up to Congress or the courts to show it is unconstitutional. Up to now only really old judges have claimed so, and it hasn't been supported by Appellate courts. Clever politicians think they can confused voters, but we are a lot more savvy thank they think. More than anytime, i say: down with preposterous same-gender unions, who want to write their own US Constitution.

  2. melanc, if you're going to make some strange assertion that support for DOMA is higher than ever, then you really need to find some polling data that supports your wild claim; otherwise, you are just pulling "facts" out of thin air, and I don't like it when people lie on my page.