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November 17, 2011 Print

Senate Democrats Play Games to Repeal DOMA

by Karla Dial

Last week, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 598, a bill which would effectively repeal the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the eyes of the federal government, on a 10-8 party-line vote.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)  doesn’t have the votes to pass in the full Senate — so now Democrat leaders may hold up a Department of Defense reauthorization bill which will fund the military for the next year unless opponents agree to fold S. 598 into it.

That’s exactly how they’ve tried to push through other pieces of unpopular legislation — sometimes successfully.

“In the last two years, the Democrats have attempted to use defense authorization bills as a vehicle to pass hate-crimes legislation and a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ ” noted Ashley Horne, CitizenLink’s federal issues analyst. “So it wouldn’t be surprising for them to try the same with the DOMA repeal.”

According to the National Organization for Marriage, the defense reauthorization bill — a must-pass issue — could come up for a vote at any time.

Read S. 598.

Ask your senators to resist efforts to add S. 598 to the Department of Defense reauthorization bill.


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