Barney Frank, not on board with DOMA bill


(Washington) A bill seeking to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was introduced today but this “top priority” for the community is already relegated to a legislative obscurity and inaction for this session and, perhaps, beyond, says U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a long-time supporter of equal rights for gays, has essentially no chance for a hearing or vote during this session of Congress, according to Frank. It is the last of eight bills of specific interest to the LGBT community to be introduced to this session of Congress, which is nearing the end of the first of its two years. And Frank, the de facto leader on LGBT-related measures in Congress, says four other bills come first.

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