Respect For Marriage Act’ To Repeal DOMA Filed in Both The House And Senate
by JEAN ANN ESSELINK on JUNE 27, 2013
Just hours after yesterday’s historic Supreme Court rulings, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) reintroduced in the Senate, the Respect For Marriage Act, (RMA,) which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA,) and relegate it to history’s (overstuffed) bad-law dumpster. The bill would declare all married couples, in all 50 states, and of any gender composition, equal rights and equal benefits and equal protections, under federal law. Senator Feinstein introduced the same bill in March of 2011. Two years ago, the bill had 17 Senate co-sponsors. This incarnation, it has 40. So far, I could find no Republican senator who has says he will filibuster the bill.
Whether it was a symbolic move to afford lawmakers a chance to jump on the equality train, or a substantive move that will end with DOMA repealed, I don’t know. Either way, it is a move in the right direction. After the Supreme Court decision, there should be a vote. Every senator and every congressman should be forced to answer this question on the record, for the history books: Are you for equality? Or are you not?