The US Senate has scheduled a hearing on legislative repeal efforts to the Defense of Marriage Act which will be held on July 20th. This first ever hearing was announced by Patrick Leahy today who is the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. So far a witness list on the hearing has yet to be finalized.
The hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, one first announced last week, is subtitled, “Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families." “Until DOMA’s enactment, the federal government had always honored marriages celebrated in the states,” Freedom to Marry national campaign director Marc Solomon said in a Tuesday statement. “It’s time for Congress to end this gay exception and allow legally married same-sex couples access to the tools and security available to all other couples to build a life together and protect their families.”