November 10, 2011
By Adam Bink
Just now, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to repeal DOMA by passing the Respect for Marriage Act, without amendments (Sen. Grassley decided to withdraw all the amendments he had circulated, noting that it was apparent he didn’t have the votes). A huge step forward for our movement to repeal DOMA!
Today’s victory will make headlines and help educate the public on what DOMA is and why it needs to go. We know when we tell stories, we win as a movement. Today’s victory will also add momentum and help bring more Senators on board so when we have a pro-repeal leadership in the House, Senate and White House, we can move forward as quickly as possible to repeal DOMA, instead of starting from scratch.
Thanks to all of you who made calls, signed petitions, and chipped in to make today possible. It wasn’t so long that I sat in front of Sen. Feinstein to take this video:
It wasn’t long that we noted on this blog how Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Kohl would make a majority in committee, so we went after them with our allies and both Klobuchar and Kohl got on board. And it was a lift to get to this summer’s hearing and today’s vote. We all did it together — people in each state who contacted their Senator, folks like you who spread the word and chipped in.
Below is a statement from Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs:
“For the first time in history, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to make gays and lesbians whole people,” said Rick Jacobs, the chair and founder of the Courage Campaign, an online, grassroots political organization with more than 750,000 members around the country. “This truly historic vote today should never have been necessary because this absurd law should never have been on the books. Thanks to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, we have a bill that can move to the Senate floor where fair-minded people who believe in a nation united, not divided, can end federal discrimination against gay and lesbian couples legally married in six states and the District of Columbia. Sadly, the Republicans think this is a partisan issue, but then some thought the same about the other great civil rights issues of this nation. Eventually, America is just.”