Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Respect For Marriage Act

Moments ago, in a vote of 10 to 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and allow the federal government to provide benefits to couples in same-sex marriages. It’s not clear when the Senate will take up the measure. Watch it:


A White House spokesman just issued the following statement: “President Obama applauds today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the Respect for Marriage Act, which would provide a legislative repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.” “The President has long believed that DOMA is discriminatory and has called for its repeal. We should all work towards taking this law off the books. The federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections afforded to straight couples.”

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