DOMA Repeal Has Enough Support to Advance to Senate Floor
The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports that DOMA repeal legislation has picked up enough votes (at least 10) in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance to the Senate floor:
Last week, the Respect of Marriage Act, legislation sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would repeal the 1996 anti-gay law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, gained two additional co-sponsors: Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).
Kohl’s support for the legislation is critical because he’s a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and would have a vote when the roll is called to move the legislation to the floor. Lynn Becker, a Kohl spokesperson, said the senator had previously considered DOMA a state issue.
Meanwhile, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has also said she’d vote for repeal of DOMA in committee, although she’s stopped short of co-sponsoring the legislation.
Significant hurdles remain once the legislation is advanced to the Senate floor, but advocates are looking for the opportunity to get a fair hearing for the measure.