On Nov. 10, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to 8 along party lines to repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was passed in 1996 and signed into law by then President Clinton. The law defines marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of one man and one woman.
The judiciary committee is using an artfully deceptive strategy to repeal DOMA. The bill that repeals DOMA is called the “Respect for Marriage Act.” Apparently, George Orwell’s doublespeak is still alive and well.
To pass the full Senate, the “Respect for Marriage Act” (repeal of DOMA) will require 60 Senate votes, which sponsors of the bill acknowledge they do not have at this time. The repeal bill is also not expected to pass the House of Representatives.
Let’s hope these predictions prove accurate. To read what the U.S. Conference of Catholic of Bishops is saying about DOMA, click here.