Monday, 25 July 2011 22:13

DOMA Repeal: First Hearing

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The first meeting to repeal DOMA has took place last week. Several people testified and explained how they suffered because of DOMA.

The "Congress can remove this sting, eliminate this pain, end this harm — by enacting the Respect for Marriage Act, repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and standing up for American values of the pursuit of happiness, personal responsibility, and treating others as you want them to be treated," said Evan Wolfson, President and founder of Freedom To Marry.


Of course, other people have supported the law. Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus on the Family, based his testimony on a 2010 study which shows that opposite-sex parents provide the best environment to raise children.

But Minnery did a big mistake and the Senator Al Franken didn't miss the opportunity to tell him because actually this study does not speak about straight couples:

"Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married, same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a ‘nuclear family’ in the study that you cite?" said Senator Franken.

"The study defines a nuclear family as one or more children living with two parents who are married to one another, and are each biological or adoptive parents to all the children in the family. And I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you’re reading studies these ways."

 

I do not know yet what is the next step in this process to repeal DOMA but I learned that President Obama decided to support the repeal of the law. The spokesman of the White House, Shin Inouve, said: "The president has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people — our families, friends and neighbors."