Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing to assess the impact of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to consider Senator Diane Feinstein's bill S.598, the Respect for Marriage Act.
According to Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), S.598 "would effectively repeal DOMA by allowing the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to married same-sex couples living in the 6 states (and the District of Columbia) that recognize marriage equality."
It is not total equality, but it's better than DOMA!
According to the Courage Campaign, "29 Senators now support repeal, which is more than twice the number of Senators that voted for DOMA in 1996." And President Obama has endorsed the bill.
Stay tuned for updates as this bill hopefully continues to move through Congress and on to the president's desk!