"DOMA Repeal Mark-Up Rolled Over To November 10"
This morning, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee bumped back consideration of the Respect For Marriage Act — a measure that would allow the federal government to provide federal benefits to same-sex partners married in states that recognize marriage equality — to Nov. 10 in order to consider additional amendments to the legislation. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), all spoke out in favor of the bill, which now has 31 co-sponsors in the Senate. At one point, Feinstein paused her remarks to berate senators engaged in a separate conversation, “if you don’t mind, this is at least important to me,” she said. Watch their remarks:
The committee did report the nomination of out gay attorney Michael Fitzgerald to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to the full senate “with no opposition.”