Jerry Nadler's talking some sense. DOMA repeal is the equivalent legalizing same-sex marriage in the minds of a good deal of Americans and a majority of Congress, and it's toxic right now.
"The Respect for Marriage Act is a bill that we can't pass right now; we know we can't pass it right now," he said.
Nadler said Congress won't take up the DOMA repeal next year because other LGBT-related bills, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation providing partner benefits for LGBT federal workers and a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," are taking precedence. Supporters hope to pass those measures by the end of 2010.
"The Respect for Marriage Act comes up after that, maybe at the end of the next Congress, maybe afterward," he said.
And if that other LGBT legislation doesn't get passed? DOMA will be punted even further down the line.