The Senate Judiciary Committee next month will hold a mark-up and vote on a bill repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Friday.
His announcement sets up a collision course for the Senate and House over the issue of gay marriage. House Republicans this month tripled to $1.5 million the amount they’re authorized to spend on legal fees to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, a response to President Barack Obama’s decision to stop fighting lawsuits seeking to end it.
“The march for equality continues, and now is the time to ensure equality for gay and lesbian Americans who are lawfully married,” said Leahy, one of 29 co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act.
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