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Hearings on The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Then and Now: VIDEOS


In case you missed it yesterday, C-SPAN has posted a full video of yesterday's hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I've posted several clips of the hearings already, but for those of you with the time, it's worth taking a look at the entire thing.

Also, Think Progress has posted a compilation of vile Republican testimony from the 1996 DOMA featuring these gems:

– REP. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “And there are studies to say that over 43% of all people who profess homosexuality have greater than 500 partners”.

– REP. BOB BARR (R-GA): “It is part of a deliberate, coldly calculated power move to confront the basic social institutions on which our country not only was founded, but has prospered, and will continue to prosper.”

– SEN. TRENT LOTT (R-MS): “To force upon our communities the legal recognition of same sex marriage would be social engineering beyond anything in the American experience.”

Watch both the full hearing clip and the compilation, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. REP. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “And there are studies to say that over 43% of all people who profess homosexuality have greater than 500 partners”.

    I wish!

    These Republicans and their beat-off fantasies...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jul 21, 2011 2:37:47 PM

  2. And even if it were true that so many gays had sex with that many different partners...what on earth does that have to do with civil marriage rights?

    Big name hetero musicians have lots of random sex with young female groupies. And what about Hugh Heffner? Are their marriage rights up for cancellation?

    Piss off, Tom Coburn.

    Posted by: Dagoril | Jul 21, 2011 4:12:48 PM

  3. Since so many people assume that marriage requires monogamy, wouldn't they assume that marriage would result in gays having _fewer_ partners?

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Jul 21, 2011 4:36:35 PM

  4. I find Senator Feinstein's evolution on this issue to be fascinating and somewhat contradictory.

    She was first elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1969, where she was reportedly the first straight, politically viable candidate to actively court the gay vote, though she was even then considered to be pretty moderate.

    In 1977, her longtime friend Jo Daly, a lesbian member of the Police Commission, was planning to have a commitment ceremony with her partner on a boat in SF Bay. Feinstein wanted to attend, but couldn't leave her husband, who was dying of cancer, so they held the ceremony in Feinstein's backyard. Feinstein participated in the ceremony, too -- but it's unclear to me whether she officiated or just did a reading. This was just a few weeks before Feinstein was re-elected and chosen by her fellow Board members to be President of the Board.

    She became Mayor following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone. In 1982, the Board passed a Domestic Partnership law. Opposition to it centered around it "undermining the sanctity of marriage." Feinstein vetoed it and the gay community was a key group that organized an effort to recall her (which failed). She also refused to march in the city's gay pride parade; no mayor since has missed it. Domestic Partnerships did not pass in San Francisco until after she left office.

    So for Feinstein to now introduce legislation repealing DOMA and leading the charge in the Senate shows a big evolution in her opinions about same sex marriage. It's heartening.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Jul 21, 2011 4:55:52 PM

  5. Trent Lott, please. He's probably the biggest cock sucking biggot on capital hill.

    Posted by: TyInTenn | Jul 21, 2011 8:04:03 PM

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