Senate Panel Backs Repeal Of DOMA

Law360, New York (November 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EST) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 on Thursday to advance a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, but the measure now faces uncertain prospects in Congress.

The Respect for Marriage Act, S. 598, was introduced in March by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would mandate that for any federal law in which marital status is a factor, an individual is considered married if their marriage is valid in the state where it occurred.

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