U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, voted in favor of the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, helping the Respect for Marriage Act clear the committee by a 10-8 margin.
Senator Coons said equality advocates should take great pride in what was accomplished today.
"This is a truly important day in our nation's journey toward equality," Senator Coons said. "We've made tremendous progress and I am proud of the committee's vote today. As more Americans join the cause of equality, the Senate is changing with it. Equality is never a special interest -- it is a fundamental interest of this country. Whether the Respect for Marriage Act moves to the floor in this Congress or the next, we will eventually repeal DOMA. We must redouble our efforts to show that the love and commitment shared by same-sex couples is of equal value as that shared by heterosexual couples."
In addition to the Respect for Marriage Act, in the current Congress, Senator Coons has cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the Uniting American Families Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act. During the lame duck session of the previous Congress, Senator Coons cosponsored and worked hard to pass the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Earlier this year, Senator Coons recruited 12 of his colleagues for a video for the It Gets Better Project, in which they encouraged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people not to give up and reassured them that the senators were working hard in the Senate to fulfill the promise of equality for all. That video can be seen at: http://coons.senate.gov/itgetsbetter.