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Barney Frank: Repealing Doma Is ‘Not Achievable’

Health Care Frank

SOUNDBITES — “[Repealing DOMA is] not anything that’s achievable in the near term. I think getting [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act], a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and full domestic partner benefits for federal employees will take up all of what we can do and maybe more in this Congress. … The [certainty] provision that says you can take your benefits as you travel, I think, will stir up unnecessary opposition with regard to the question of are you trying to export it to other states. If we had a chance to pass that, it would be a different story, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to rekindle that debate when there’s no chance of passage in the near term.” —Rep. Barney Frank, who opted not to co-sponsor Rep. Jerry Nadler’s Respect for Marriage Act, on why the current DOMA repeal effort is doomed