A Senate committee this week will put the spotlight on gay marriage, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushes for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Feinstein, D-Calif., is the lead sponsor of a bill to repeal the law known as DOMA, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and bans federal recognition of gay marriage. The Obama administration earlier this year said it would no longer defend DOMA, saying the legal landscape has changed.
Most recently, New York became the largest state to allow same-sex marriages -- an action that gay rights supporters say gives momentum to similar laws across the country.
Feinstein on Tuesday is expected to be joined at a news conference by three gay couples who will talk about the roadblocks they've faced from DOMA. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the existing law and discuss Feinstein's repeal bill.
"My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the federal government should honor that," Feinstein said in February, when the Obama administration said it would no longer defend the anti-gay marriage law.
Comment: As Rahm Israel Emanuel always says, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." So this move by Feinstein should come to no surprise. But as Ron Paul says and I paraphrase, this is not a matter for the Federal Government, no matter what side you are on.
Diane Feinstein, one of a hundred reasons to repeal the 17th Amendment.