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The U.S. Senate prepared to consider gay marriage

Patrick Leahy (Vermont), champion of gay marriage. But the opponents are tough. © Leahy.senate.gov / DR.

(Blogmensgo, November 17, 2011) On the 10th of November 2011, the Senate Committee on Justice voted, eight by ten votes against a bill (S. 598) to repeal the current law on defense of marriage (Doma) prohibiting the U.S. recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, Democratic senator from California, can now be presented for adoption in plenary session at a date has not yet been set.

The law of 1996 Doma provides that only marriage unites a man and a woman. But there are 131,000 same-sex couples legally married in the United States. Gay marriage is actually legal in the capital Washington and in six states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont). But the law prevents these 1100 Doma couples legally married to claim family allowances, health insurance, tax benefits, pensions or grants of federal origin, which transforms the de facto second-class married.

The bill must be passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives before being promulgated by the Head of State. If the federal Senate is controlled by Democrats, the House is a Republican stronghold. The Senate committee chaired by Patrick Leahy (news releases before and after the vote), a state senator from gay-friendly, Vermont, voted to put the text to the agenda in the plenary. Its likely adoption by the Senate is likely to remain purely symbolic, since it will then be confirmed after the election by the members.

[The English can watch the video of the meeting of the Senate Committee, starts at about 21:00. To listen and edit sound, as the Chairman of the Committee is a little hoarse.]

The main supporters of a repeal of the DOMA law are President Barack Obama, a majority of elected Democrats (including Democratic senators ten members of the commission of Justice), a small minority of elected Republicans, a group of 70 large companies (including Google, Nike and Xerox) and cataloged many organizations on the left. Opponents of the repeal are recruited especially among elected Republicans, the religious lobbies, organizations traditionalists, the extreme right movements and a small minority of elected Democrats.

This article has been translated from the original on our french blog.  To view the original, click here.

Matt & Philca / MensGo

via Los Angeles Times





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