Sen. Judiciary hearing on DOMA set for July 20th; Sens. Bingaman and Sanders to co-sponsor Respect for Marriage Act
July 12, 2011
By Adam Bink
This morning, some good news on a few fronts. We received word from Senate allies that Sens. Bingaman and Udall have signed on as co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, sponsored by Sen. Feinstein, which would repeal DOMA. You may remember that thousands of members of the Courage Campaign, Progress New Mexico and Democracy for New Mexico wrote to Sen. Bingaman, demanding that he support repeal of DOMA (video of the petition delivery can be found here). While Sen. Bingaman took a great deal longer than his colleague, Sen. Udall, to come out in support, in the end he did the right thing. At the same time, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a longtime LGBT ally who voted against DOMA in 1996 as a member of the House of Representatives, also signed on in support. This brings the total number of co-sponsors to 28 and the total number of Senators in support to 29 (Sen. Klobuchar is not a co-sponsor). One by one, that’s how it’s done.
It is also good timing as this morning, the Chairman Leahy announced a hearing titled “S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families”, scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at 10 AM EST in Washington. Courage and our members will be present, and stay tuned for live coverage of the hearing on Prop8TrialTracker.com.
Update: The graphic at the right side of this blog (and in this post), as well as the permanent whip count to which it links, has now been updated. 31 to go. Thanks to David Henderson in the comments for the reminder.