3:40pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Politics

Focus on Family Defends Defense of Marriage Act

The leader of a Colorado Springs organization was on Capitol Hill this week hoping to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 law, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman is the focus of a new effort to repeal.

Opponents of the Defense of Marriage Act hope to do away with it in favor of a Respect for Marriage Act. That bill took its first step toward passage at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where Thomas Minnery of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family said repealing DOMA could have some serious consequences.

β€œTo place the issue of marriage, once again, into the hands of judges and to take the issue of marriage out of the hands of people who have already spoken so clearly, in so many states,” says Minnery.

The Respect for Marriage Act is endorsed by President Obama and has broad Democratic support in the Senate, but is unlikely to gain much traction in the Republican-controlled House.

Jim Hilgen – Capitol News Connection.