On the heels of gay marriage being legalized in New York, there is
more history in the making, this time on the Federal level.
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to consider the
“Respect for Marriage Act”, the bill to repeal the “Defense of
Marriage Act”. The Obama administration announced its support for the
bill on Tuesday, July 19.
In reference to introductory comments by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who
is a member of the first panel:
[quote]Lewis, a strong opponent of DOMA in 1996, began his remarks by
stating that he found it to be “unbelievable” that a hearing like
today’s is still needed in 2011.
“Every person, man or woman, gay or straight is entitled to the same
rights,” he said.
Saying that pushing for full marriage equality – and not solely the
repeal of DOMA – is needed, Lewis evoked history, saying, "Justice
delayed is justice denied.
“These are our brothers and sisters, we cannot turn our back on them,”
the civil-rights leader said, telling the lawmakers, “We are called to
Tom Minnery, from Focus on the Family, was called out by Sen. Al
Franken for misrepresenting a recent study by the Department of Health
and Human Services:
[quote]At a hearing on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen.
Al Franken took issue with the testimony of Tom Minnery, the head of
Focus on the Family’s political arm, CitizenLink. After Minnery cited
a government study he said showed that the children of married gay and
lesbian couples fared worse than married opposite-sex couples, Franken
flatly stated that Minnery was wrong and called into question any
further testimony from Minnery.
Franken said, “The Defense of Marriage Act is an injustice. It is an
immoral and discriminatory law. Our nation is founded on the premise
that all people are created equal, and that’s why I am an original
cosponsor of this bill.”
He said, “Repealing DOMA will be a great day in this country, akin to
the enacting of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution,”
which guaranteed women the right to vote.[/quote]
You can see the video here: