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Senate committee approves DOMA repeal

Sen. Patrick Lehay

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday (November 10) voted to recommend passage of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The bill is the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598). Thursday’s 10 to 8 vote along partisan lines had been originally scheduled for November 3 but was postponed a week at the request of Republicans on the committee.

Republican Charles Grassley criticized Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy for putting the bill on the committee’s agenda, saying the committee should, instead, be taking up “bills that can pass” and which address the country’s financial problems. Grassley said S. 598 “lacks the votes to pass the Senate” and that, even if it does pass the Senate, “it will not be taken up in the House,” which is controlled by Republicans.

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GOP candidates debate and gay voters lose

Republican debate on CNN

Last night, the Republican contenders seeking the nomination for the presidency of the United States participated in the second GOP debate of the 2012 election cycle. Held in New Hampshire, the debate was broadcast on CNN and was sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Seven Republicans attended and answered a wide range of questions on topics from the economy and jobs to foreign policy and social issues. CNN's John King moderated.

Several LGBT issues were covered during the debate, including the upcoming repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy and whether or not the candidates supported a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Most candidates said that they would leave the decision to restate the policy to the military commanders, but Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that if elected, she would keep  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place.