No DOMA Repeal in 2010, Says Nadler

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) says he doesn’t think there will be enough support to repeal the viciously homophobic, Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this year, or in 2010. Nadler, who sponsored of the DOMA repeal bill, says other LGBT bills will take precedence during the next legislative session.

DC Agenda reports:

Nadler said Congress won’t take up the DOMA repeal next year because other LGBT-related bills, including the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation providing partner benefits for LGBT federal workers and a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Supporters hope to pass those measures by the end of 2010.

“The Respect for Marriage Act comes up after that, maybe at the end of the next Congress, maybe afterward,” he said.

While our “fiercest advocate” is busy escalating U.S. combat troop involvement in Afghanistan and jetting off to Oslo, Norway to accept a Nobel Peace prize, it has become increasingly clear that President Obama plans to play no role whatsoever in the advancing the repeal of the two most discriminatory laws oppressing the LGBT community: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act.

2010 is an important midterm election year. The entire U.S. House and a third of the U.S. Senate is up for reelection. I think the Congress needs to understand that members of the LGBT community vote in numbers larger than non-members of the LGBT community. Efforts are mounting to halt donations to the DNC (allegedly, where we have the largest support) if Democratic members of Congress continue to turn a deaf ear to issues of importance to LGBT Americans.

Continue to ignore us and incumbent Democratic members of the Congress could find themselves joining the ranks of the unemployed.

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9 Responses to No DOMA Repeal in 2010, Says Nadler

  1. Brigadoon says:

    Rep. Jerry Nadler is a good guy. He’s rare in the US Congress and someone we can always count on. I hope he’s wrong about 2010 and DOMA but he would know. I will never forgive Bill Clinton for signing DOMA. I hope Clinton rots in hell.

  2. Walk on Socks says:

    I think there will be an enormous “vote them all out” sentiment in 2010.

    At the end of the day, it really is the economy, stupid, and no one in the Congress or the White House seems to understand it.

    I would very much like to see both Pelosi and Reid be replaced. They’re useless and living large without delivering the goods.

  3. Pechanga says:

    I was thinking about House Speaker Pelosi saying the Public Option was critical to the vote on healthcare reform.

    Now that the votes aren’t there in the senate, Pelosi is backing away from supporting the Public Option and stops just short of endorsing the watered down senate version of healthcare reform.

    It’s gotten to the point where I am very close to tossing in my hat when politicians are involved. We can’t trust any of them. Yet, every other day, comes a new email begging me for a donation.

    Sorry, Dems but until I see change, genuine change, my checkbook is closed.

  4. Like universal health care, you don’t want to rush such things. Give us a call next century.



  5. DMason says:

    The Democrats come-a-begging with their tin cup and a prepared script of promises when they’re up for reelection. It’s always the same. They promise us the moon and deliver a rotten egg. I’m done with them. I didn’t fully appreciate it when Christopher said he left the Democratic party and became an independent but, I get it now.

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  7. Rock says:

    DMason, being an Independent is wonderful. I’ve been one since 2005 and I don’t regret the move.

    I don’t get it. Is Congress afraid of saving their behinds for the midterm elections? We always hear the same song and dance every two years. Enough!

  8. Estacada says:

    The Congressional leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are well known for doing the least possible and having very little influence over their members.

    I have watched this sad tag team now for several years and I am struck by what poor excuses they are for the best of the Democratic party.

    Change is possible but change requires leadership and leadership is woefully absent in the persons of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

  9. If the gays want equal rights, then they have to stop being gay and be straight. That is how equality works in the country. When blacks wanted equal rights, they had to become white. When women wanted equal rights, they had to grow penises. And when Jews wanted equal rights, they had to do the whole guy on a cross thing.

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