A U.S. Senate committee has announced a first-ever hearing on repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that bars federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, announced the upcoming hearing in a statement.
“[I]n the coming weeks, the Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.”
The Respect for Marriage Act, introduced in the Senate by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, has attracted 25 co-sponsors since its March debut, including Leahy.
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