Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute
July 19th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, announced Tuesday a bill to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as a "legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and that allows states to reject legal same sex marriages from other states.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed both the House and the Senate in 1996.


Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "allows states to reject legal same sex marriages from other states. "
    Setting aside the same sex issue, I have never understood how any legislation coming out of the Congress can allow or require one state to not honor the laws of another state.

    Article IV, Section 1 – Each State To Honor All Others.
    Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

    Congress cannot pass laws that overturn provisions of The Constitution. An amendment must be passed. DOMA should be repealed or declared unconstitutional.

    July 19, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Nice to see the Democrats don't want to focus on jobs and the financial crisis that faces this country. All they want to do is further divide the country and cater to their base for the 2012 elections. But I guess since Supreme ruler Obama declared it unconstitutional we should all just shut up and pretend he runs the whole government like Hugo Chavez. That whole Supreme Court thing is so 1776!

    July 19, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Chipster

    The number ONE threat to marriage is Infidelity. Isn't it odd that Republicans haven't outlawed infidelity in order to protect the "Sanctity of Marriage?" I've never heard a single one of them suggest it. Not Henry Hyde, Bob Barr, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Rudi Giuliani . . . not even outspoken critics of Bill Clinton's behavior: not Rush Limbaugh, Gary Bauer, Newt Gingrich, Bill O'Reily or even Gary Bauer! Infidelity is even a threat to the health and life of an unsuspecting spouse who could potentially catch a deadly disease. It seems as if they would be beating down the doors to pass such a law. Can anyone think of a reason that these "righteous" Republicans would not support such a law if they are so anxious to protect the sanctity of marriage? Ah-Ah-Ah-choooo...hypocrites!

    July 19, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statute"

    GOP announces plan to rabidly defend hate.

    July 19, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    works for me and most of the country

    July 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. jean

    Don,t try to do and say "Whats really Sensible and Human Senator Diane, "You now how the republicans/tea think about whats right and American" They Hate Compassion and common sense". Great idea, "Cantor will never go for Compassion though" Look what he doing to Americans right now????

    July 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. California Conservative

    Someone needs to repeal her AND FAST.

    July 19, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    I look at DOMA similarily to how I look at the use of medicinal marijuana. How can medicinal marijuana be legal in California, but not recognized in other states. I know it's an issue of states rights, but ultimately that's a universal law and should be handled at the federal level. That goes for marriage, marijuana, guns, etc. What's good for one state should be good for ALL. I commend Sen. Feinstein for this courageous stance.

    July 19, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. John, PA

    Senator Feinstein does not seem to understand the Democrats are not in charge.
    The fact is same sex partners are not equal to me and my wife.
    This will be another Democratic FAILURE.

    July 19, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Me

    Equality is not too much to expect.

    July 19, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. kat

    It's no wonder our country is in turmoil. With people like her running our country, we'll always be in a mess.

    July 19, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |