A fresh push is under way among Senate Democrats to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman and allows states not to recognize "gay marriages" performed in other states.
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is to consider and decide on whether it will send the Respect of Marriage Act, an effort sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that would repeal DOMA, to the full Senate. But Brian Duggan of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) expects the issue to receive strong opposition from Republicans, who will likely be able to filibuster the legislation if it reaches the Senate floor.
... the NOM spokesman says he "absolutely" sees the repeal effort as a way to pave the way to legalizing same-sex "marriage."
"That's the whole intent," he insists. "Right now, marriage is [being] fought out largely at the state-by-state level. Thirty-one states, when it's been taken to a vote, every single time when voters have been asked to choose they've defined marriage as one man and one woman."