Senate Dems Move to Zap DOMA

Introduce bill to repeal ban on gay marriage
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 12:56 PM CDT
Defense of Marriage Act Repeal: Senate Democrats Move to Dismantle DOMA
Pali Cooper, right, and her wife Jeanne Rizzo, of Tiburon, Calif., appear at the introduction of a Senate bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

It was another day of undoing in Congress: As House Republicans moved to dismantle financial reform yesterday, Democrats over in the Senate were fixing to make the Defense of Marriage Act go away. "It is time to right this wrong," Dianne Feinstein said in introducing the legislation. "This bill will ensure that all married couples in the United States enjoy equal protection of our laws."

The move comes at a time in which President Obama's Justice Department has said it won't defend DOMA in court anymore, notes the LA Times. House Republicans have moved to fund a legal defense, but gay rights advocates are predictably ecstatic: "It's time the federal government stops playing favorites and instead creates an equal playing field for all families," says one. Click for all things DOMA. (More Senate Democrats stories.)

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