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
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)

(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 "It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed."

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Feb 24, 2011 11:01 PM CST
The immorality and perversion of the Dims will never cease...
Feb 24, 2011 6:54 PM CST
Thanks, Dems, better late than never, I guess. But where was this repeal movement when we had both houses of congress and the presidency? If I was cynical, I'd think this was pandering to the base rather than a real effort.
Feb 24, 2011 6:46 PM CST
I'm going to repost what I said in another thread: Conservatives only have two arguments against gay marriage: 1. The Bible says it's wrong, therefore it's wrong. 2. It will ruin the American family. A few logical responses: 1. If you're using the Bible as a lawmaking tool, why haven't you ever brought these issues forward? -Don't wear clothes made of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19) -Don't let cattle graze with other kinds of Cattle (Leviticus 19:19) -Any person who curseth his mother or father, must be killed. (Leviticus 20:9) -If a man cheats on his wife, or vise versa, both the man and the woman must die. (Leviticus 20:10) and 2. If two homosexual people are truly in love and wish to get married, that's already a head start on most heterosexual marriages these days. To say gay marriage would ruin families while turning a blind eye to all of the god-awful parenting being done by so many heterosexual parents is hypocritical and quite honestly unchristian.