On Wednesday Senator Diane Feinstein introduced a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is the federal law that was passed during the Clinton Administration that set aside the fourth amendment to our Constitution saying that states did not have to recognize all marriages done in another state. Specifically aimed at marriage between same-sex couples. Of course the White House just in recent weeks agreed to stop defending DOMA in the court cases that are pending. There are two federal cases challenging sections of the Defense of Marriage Act. And it is DOMA that makes it impossible to have marriages legally performed in certain jurisdictions recognized for purposes of Social Security and other federal benefits and rights.
So Brava to our Senior Senator from California. Thank you for serving us so well.