Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. It will be the first time Congress will have debated the law since it's enactment 15 years ago.
"The federal government shouldn't be in the business of picking which marriages it likes and which it doesn't, but that's exactly what DOMA does," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "With New York soon joining the other five states and DC that treat all couples equally, the federal government needs to level the playing field for all families."
"We thank Sens. Leahy, Feinstein and Gillibrand for their leadership in ending federal marriage discrimination as well as Rep. Nadler for his advocacy in the House," said Solmonese. "We look forward to continuing to work with them on this upcoming hearing and until all marriages are treated equally in the eyes of the law."
While the legislation could hypothetically pass the committee and be approved by the Democrat-controlled Senate, it wouldn't last a hot minute in the Republican-controlled House. There won't be a repeal of DOMA until Democrats control both houses of Congress again most likely - and even then it's still iffey thanks to the Blue Dog Democrats.