An interesting discussion sprang up on my post, "Senate Committee Passes DOMA Repeal Bill" about whether or not the hearing was simply political theater. Marc Paige and Becky Juro pretty much sum up the two camps in this back and forth, but I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Was the hearing and and passage of the bill just a dog and pony show since it would never make it through full votes of the House and Senate? Or was it an important public statement about where we are in the struggle for marriage equality?
Marc Paige | November 11, 2011 12:38 PM
And you folks are really saying since repeal of DOMA has no chance of passing, then starting the conversation is a waste of time? Really?? Having America begin talking about the rights for gay couples in the highest chamber of American government is a bad thing? Do you understand the political process at all?
Rebecca Juro | November 11, 2011 1:02 PM
No, I am saying that right now there is a far more important conversation to be had in Congress, and that's the one about protecting people's jobs and their right to work free of discrimination. If we know ENDA is going to go first (which we do), we know that nothing is going anywhere right now so any efforts in this session of Congress would be for purely educational purposes, and we know that with the economy still being what it is that a jobs bill which affects lower and middle class workers most directly has to take precedence over what's essentially (legally) a tax and benefits issue, one that's expected to actually be resolved in the courts, not by the legislature.
If the Democrats were serious about getting LGBT-relevant legislation passed when it becomes possible, they'd be holding hearings on ENDA, the next major LGBT-relevant bill expected to be introduced before a Congress which might actually pass it. The fact that instead they're putting on this show with DOMA speaks volumes in terms of both their intent and the value the Democratic Party places on fighting for LGBT rights laws that chiefly impact the working class.