Yesterday Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. The Respect for Marriage Act, which is a brilliant name for the bill, was introduced with 90 original co-sponsors including openly gay House members Tammy (D-WI) and Jared Polis (D-CO.)
Questions have been raised about Rep. Barney Frank, the dean of LGBT members of Congress, not co-sponsoring the bill. Barney has said that its a matter of timing and strategy and not because he supports DOMA.
Barney has a point. With the hate crimes bill and ENDA seemingly stuck in Congress as the focus is on health care reform soon to be followed by climate change/energy legislation and comprehensive immigration reform, it seems unlikely the Respect for Marriage Act will move this session of Congress.
But, its never too early to build support to repeal a discriminatory and unjust policy.