CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Introduce DOMA Repeal Bill

23 Feb

Hours after today’s announcement that Obama’s Dept of Justice would no longer be defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced plans to introduce a bill that would repeal DOMA once and for all.

“My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the federal government should honor that,” she said. “I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now, and it should be repealed.”

This could potentially move things forward with respect to states currently recognizing equality for all citizens. There are currently several cases in the courts where equality states are representing citizens who are not equally represented by the federal government. While same-sex couples legally married in one of the five states which currently recognize marriage equality (or the District of Columbia) benefit from state privileges, there are still more than 1100 federal rights and responsibilities denied same-sex couples because of DOMA.

This effort would mirror previous efforts by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Rep. Jared Polis (CO) who, in 2009, introduced the Respect for Marriage Act (which had 91 original co-sponsors in 2009).

While the repeal of a discriminatory policy such as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, (which banned openly gay and lesbian servicemembers) benefited from widespread popular support, the pursuit of a repeal of DOMA takes a larger leap of faith for political leaders. Let’s hope other legislators join Feinstein in her progressive move in the interest of equality.

One Response to “CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Introduce DOMA Repeal Bill”

  1. James Drummond July 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Issue 1: Do not understand why members of the US Government are talking about reducing Social Security and other safety nets for the elderly and poor and not eliminating funding for such items as Foreign Aid, Military Aid to foreign countries, and allowing US Government Contracts be issued to foreign countries. All US Government contracts should be given to companies within the US, just as Canada and other countries do. The US Government needs to stop spending tax payer’s money in other countries. Do not understand how the Congress can attack SS when over the years Congress has raided the SS fund. If anything the US Government owes the taxpayers not the citizens of the US. Why does the US Government allow foreign senior nationals apply for social security? This is wrong and was never the original intent of Social Security.
    Issue 2: The current tax codes needs to change. The current tax codes do not favor the average working American. Why can’t the tax code be made simple? Such as: Taxpayers earning less that 75K no tax, taxpayers earning between 75K and 150K (5% tax), taxpayers earning 150K to 200K (10% tax) and taxpayers exceeding 200K (15% tax). All business should be flat taxed at 10%.
    Issue 3: The United States cannot continue to allow outsourcing of jobs. We are seeing thousands of American citizens out of work due to out sourcing. If companies are allowed to continue these practices the US will never be able to fill the needs of the US work force. There has to be incentives and/ or penalize US business to slow down this trend and put Americans back to work. For every American working the US Government gets revenue, when out sourced there is no benefit to the US Government and its citizens.

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