Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Toward DOMA Repeal Vote—But Passage In Congress Unlikely

A little good news to start your Thursday: The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin debate today on the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA), which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

The committee’s ten Democrats, including chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), support RFMA, which makes its passage on the 18-member panel all but guaranteed. But a vote won’t likely happen for a week, as members can stall or “hold over” bills when they’re first introduced—and you just know one of those Republican committee members is gonna be a total cockblock.

Even if it passed the committee unanimously, though, the bill’s chances of ultimately succeeding in Congress are practically nil, as not a single Republican in the GOP-controlled House has come forward to support it.

In fact, House leader John Boehner is busy wheeling wheelbarrows of cash to a law firm to defend DOMA in two court cases. Well, we’re exaggerating—it’s only $1.5 million.

Maybe it’s for the best—experts are saying repealing DOMA will lead to “further erosion of religious liberty.”  Which expert? Why Princeton Professor Robert P. George, former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. God bless the Ivy League!