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.”


Feinstein also appeared on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts to discuss DOMA’s impact on children in same-sex families:

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