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07/07/2011

DOMA to get hearing; will always lack vision, taste

by Jeremy Hooper

Chairman Leahy (D-VT) has announced plans to move forward with DOMA repeal groundwork, and pro-equality Democrats like NY's Sen. Gillibrand are happy to hear it:

GILLIBRAND APPLAUDS SENATE HEARING TO BEGIN REPEAL OF “DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT”

Praises Chairman Leahy For Taking Next Step For Coast-To-Coast Marriage Equality

Washington, D.C. – As Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announces he will hold the first-ever hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the coming weeks, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

“I applaud Chairman Leahy for holding this important hearing to end the discrimination that is currently enshrined into U.S. law.

“Marriage is the true foundation for strong families. Every loving, committed couple deserves the basic human right to get married, start a family, and have access to all the same rights and privileges that my husband and I enjoy. No politician should stand in the way of this fact.

“If Democrats and Republicans can come together to do what’s right in New York, I know we can do the same in Congress to do what’s right for all of America. Now is the time to act on the federal level.”


Senator Gillibrand is an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which was authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and co-sponsored by Senators Leahy (D-Vt.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii), and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).

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**MORE: Senator Leahy Announces Upcoming Hearing on DOMA Repeal [HRC]

Meanwhile, conservative Republican senators are planning a hearing on how they can build a time machine.

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