Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today said, “My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the Federal government should honor that,” and then announced her intention to introduce a bill to repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages, into the Senate.
In a statement, Senator Feinstein announced, “As a Member of the Judiciary Committee, it is my intention to introduce legislation that will once and for all repeal the Defense of Marriage Act,” adding, “I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed.”
This comes, of course, in response to the Obama administration’s announcement that it will stop defending Section 3 of DOMA in court. It’s unfortunate that so many gay voters stayed home or protest voted in the midterm elections; moreover, it’s unfortunate that so many American voters, in general, have such short memories when it comes to remembering which party’s policies led us into the financial crisis of the past several years. Otherwise this might go somewhere if it passes the Senate.