Senate Judiciary Committee debate on DOMA repeal set for November 3rd

This just in: the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin debate on the Respect for Marriage Act next Thursday, November 3rd!

Senator Patrick Leahy, who announced earlier in the month that the bill would receieve a mark-up, announced today that debate on legislation to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act will start at the beginning of next month. The Committee held the first-ever hearing on repealing DOMA in July, where Freedom to Marry's President Evan Wolfson testified and called on Congress to end the discriminatory law once and for all.

There's certainly ample support for the Respect for Marriage Act amongst members of the committee, as all 10 member Democrats have already signed on as cosponsors to the bill.

Freedom to Marry staff will be on hand at the hearing, and you can be sure we'll keep you updated on Facebook and Twitter next Thursday during the debate.

In the days leading up to the hearing, we'll work with our members around the country to ensure that all members of Congress know that the majority of Americans support ending federal marriage discrimination. Click here to contact your member of Congress today and ask them to support the Respect for Marriage Act.