Democrats Push to Repeal Law Against Gay Marriage

President's stance against DOMA gives them a nudge

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2011 2:49 PM CST

(Newser) – With the Obama administration having declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, Democratic lawmakers are launching new challenges of their own to the law, the Huffington Post reports. In the House, the "Respect for Marriage Act," which would explicitly repeal DOMA, is set to be introduced by Jerry Nadler with "quite a few co-sponsors," he says. "The president's move is another step in the increasing realization that there is no conceivable justification for DOMA," Nadler says.

How far it will get in the GOP-controlled House is a big uncertainty, however. In the Senate, Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce parallel legislation in her capacity as a member of the Judiciary Committee. "I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996," Feinstein said. "It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., looks at a folder near the Senate floor during an unusual Sunday session on Capitol Hill last year.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the Federal government should honor that.
- Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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