The Senate Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 10-8, decided to advance the bill which currently account 30 cosponsors.
As an Associated Press reports, even if the Senate votes to repeal DOMA, a House companion bill has stalled as Republican leadership defends the constitutionality of the 1996 law in multiple federal suits.
However, the defenders of the bill think that it is already a big step against this discriminatory law towards the LGBTQ community.
The president of Freedom to Marry said : "We are one step closer to eliminating DOMA’s gay exception, which unfairly withholds the federal protections and responsibilities of marriage from loving and committed same-sex couples who are legally married."
Of course, Republicans do not support the bill following the example of the senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa, who said that "for thousands of years, across all cultures and nations, marriage was exclusively a heterosexual institution."
Yes, bigot, that's exactly why this discriminatory law must disappear.
He added: "I’ve always supported the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. To me, this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious beliefs. It’s not about discriminating against anyone." (really?)
Shin Inouye, White House spokesman, said in a statement that President Obama "applauds the vote" :
"President Obama applauds today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the Respect for Marriage Act, which would provide a legislative repeal of the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act.' ... The federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections afforded to straight couples."