Matt Barber of the Christian conservative group Liberty Council on Tuesday suggested that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) protects children from contracting HIV/AIDS.
DOMA is the 1996 law that bars federal agencies and the military from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
All ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would repeal the law. Republicans on the panel unanimously supported DOMA, saying it saves the government money by denying federal benefits to married gay couples.
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