Karen Ocamb

Follow Today's Senate Hearing on DOMA Repeal

Filed By Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2011 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: DOMA, marriage equality, Respect for Marriage Act, same-sex marriage, Senate Judiciary Committee

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History is being made today as the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). At the White House press briefing yesterday, spokesperson Jay Carney announced that President Obama endorsed the bill, an action that is unprecedented in that rarely is legislation endorsed before it has passed any committee.

Daniel Blomberg, an attorney with the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund, was "disappointed" in the President. An Alliance Defense Fund representative is testifying at the DOMA Repeal hearing, as is Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign. (See the witness list below).

You can watch the Senate Judiciary hearing live by clicking here. The hearing is scheduled to get underway at 10:00am EST, 7:00am Pacific.

Here are some of the excellent reporters and bloggers who will be covering the hearing so you can get some perspective or check in if you can't watch the proceeding. Be advised that some of them will seek unique interviews and quotes from witnesses and they will undoubtedly file complete stories about the hearing later. The hashtag for the hearing is #repealDOMA.

OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST:

July 19, 2011

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING TIME CHANGE
The hearing entitled "S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families" scheduled before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Wednesday, July 20, 2011 will now begin at 9:45 a.m., rather than the previously scheduled time.

By order of the Chairman.

UPDATED Witness List

Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On "S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families"
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216
9:45 a.m.

Panel I

The Honorable John Lewis
United States Congressman
State of Georgia

The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
United States Congressman
State of New York

Panel II

Ron Wallen
Indio, CA

Thomas Minnery
Senior Vice President for Public Policy
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, CO

Andrew Sorbo
Cheshire, CT

Susan M. Murray
Ferrisburgh, VT

Panel III

Joe Solmonese
President
The Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC

David Austin R. Nimocks
Senior Legal Counsel
Alliance Defense Fund
Washington, DC

Edward Whelan
President
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Washington, DC

Evan Wolfson
Founder and Executive Director
Freedom to Marry
New York, NY

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(Cross-posted at LGBTPOV)


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