Sunday, November 13, 2011

Senate Committee Passes DOMA Repeal

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed last week a bill that would repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act," the law that keeps gay couples from receiving the over 1,000 federal benefits that straight couples receive.  This in spite of Republicans' attempts to delay a vote as long as possible.

The vote was entirely along party lines, with every Democrat voting to repeal DOMA, and every Republican voting to keep it.  This just underscores how out-of-touch Republicans are, backing discrimination at a time when public opinion is on the side of justice and equality for same-sex couples.

I am proud that every Democrat on the committee, including my own senator, Richard Blumenthal, voted to repeal this discriminatory law.  While it is highly unlikely that the full Senate will take up the bill, and even less likely (read: absolutely impossible) that the Republican-controlled House will consider the bill, this is a very important victory for the LGBT community.  We showed last week that, yes, gay rights is a cause worth supporting.  Even though the victory is largely symbolic, it remains one worth celebrating.