Senator Announces DOMA Hearings

Leahy Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy announced today that he will soon hold hearings on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 15-year old law the Obama Administration refuses to defend.

From the Washington Blade:

According to a Senate Democratic aide, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, intends to hold a hearing on DOMA repeal “in the next few weeks.”

A more definitive date for when the hearing would take place or the individuals who would be invited as witnesses weren’t immediate known.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cheered the news, and compared Leahy's hearings to the recent debate about equality here in the Empire State: "if Democrats and Republicans can come together to do what’s right in New York, I know we can do the same in Congress to do what’s right for all of America. Now is the time to act on the federal level.”