For too many years we have allowed the most frigid bunch of conservatives control over who can have the right to marry.
Let this set of hearings slated to start next month be the start of putting sexually repressed conservatives in a box. Let us place them on a shelf, removed from the rest of society who wants to move forward into the 21st century.
There is no more reason to deny gay marriage than there is to deny inter-racial marriage. Time to beat back the nitwits! Let it start in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin debate on legislation to
repeal the Defense of Marriage Act on Nov. 3.
Leahy, committee chairman, held a hearing in July on proposals to repeal
DOMA, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The committee will consider a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) in March —
Respect for Marriage Act — that would allow the federal government to provide
benefits to couples in same-sex marriages. More on Feinstein’s White
House-backed bill here.
The Obama administration delcared in February that it would no longer defend
DOMA, prompting Republican leaders in the House to hire former SG Paul Clement,
now at Bancroft, to defend it on their behalf. As Law Blog noted here, Democrats
and Republicans have been fighting over Clement’s potential fees, which are
capped at $1.5 million.