At a press conference yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said about his party's efforts to overturn DOMA:
“This bill will pass. Marriage equality will pass. The question is not if but when and we should just go forward and do it,” Schumer said at the Capitol Thursday, where a group of Democratic senators reacted to the Respect for Marriage Act passing the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He then referenced King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” likening the fight against racial discrimination to the effort to repeal DOMA. [Daily Caller]
Senator Schumer said:
"I remembered Martin Luther King's 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail'. The leading so-called moderate business leaders of Birmingham came to Dr. King and said 'wait, just be patient' and his letter said 'Why We Can't Wait' and a line it it says 'to most of us, wait means never'. We can't wait. And just as people had all these reasons we shouldn't have racial equality, economic reasons, social reasons, some even cited religious reasons, we see the same thing happening today. They come up with all these reasons, but they know they're wrong in their hearts. We know we're on the side of history and we know that this will happen. And we just hope it's sooner not later."