In the House, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), plans to re-introduce the “Respect for Marriage Act,” which would explicitly repeal DOMA. The bill was first introduced in September 2009 by Nadler, Rep Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.).
According to a news release, the legislation already has 105 original co-sponsors in the House. The Advocate reports:
“As the President has stated: ‘I stand by my long-standing commitment to work with Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It’s discriminatory, it interferes with states’ rights, and it’s time we overturned it.’
Last week, on the heels of the President’s decision not to defend DOMA in court, House Republican Leadership announced that it will defend DOMA in court, making passage of the Respect for Marriage Act more critical than ever.”
In the Senate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is expected to introduce a similar bill in that chamber on Wednesday that would also repeal the 1996 law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws.
Last month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice would not defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA in two of the four cases where that section of the law is currently under challenge.