Main | Thursday, December 10, 2009

No DOMA Repeal Attempt In 2010
(And Maybe Not Until 2013)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the sponsor of a House bill to overturn DOMA, says that there will be no attempt to pass the bill in 2010 and that serious work on the repeal probably won't begin until 2013.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in an interview with DC Agenda that lawmakers will work on passing other pro-LGBT bills next year, and could take up legislation to repeal DOMA — known as the Respect for Marriage Act — at the end of the two-year session starting in 2011. “The Respect for Marriage Act is a bill that we can’t pass right now; we know we can’t pass it right now,” he said. Nadler said Congress won’t take up the DOMA repeal next year because other LGBT-related bills, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation providing partner benefits for LGBT federal workers and a repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” are taking precedence. Supporters hope to pass those measures by the end of 2010. “The Respect for Marriage Act comes up after that, maybe at the end of the next Congress, maybe afterward,” he said.
By 2013, we will probably have the result of the Olson/Boies case, rendering a DOMA repeal either moot or impossible.

(Via - DC Agenda)

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