Washington, United States | ReutersStates Senate Committee gives way to recognition of gay marriageIf the measure passed today by the Committee were to become law, would not require any state or locality to perform gay marriagesFor elnuevodiario.com.ni | InternationalStates Senate Committee gives way to recognition of gay marriageThe Senate Judiciary Committee stepped EU recognition of gay marriages. FILE / END
The Judiciary Committee United States Senate today took a step toward recognition of gay marriage by overturning a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union strictly between a man and a woman.
The revocation, contained in a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, should be submitted to vote in the full Senate, but has little chance of succeeding because it has only the support of 31 of the 100 members, all Democrats.
In the House of Representatives, the measure has the backing of 133 lawmakers, a total of 435.
However, even if the measure passed today by the Committee were to become law, would not require any state or locality to perform gay marriages. Today, 37 of the 50 states have laws of its own in defense of traditional marriage.
The Defense of Marriage Act 1996 was enacted in the United States fifteen years ago, when gay couples were not yet right to marry anywhere in the world.
But now the Democrats who control the Senate, promote recognition of homosexual unions, although many acknowledge that the measure has enough votes in the plenary session of this legislature, much less in the House of Representatives under Republican control.
Committee chairman, Democrat Patrick Leahy believes that Congress still has time to "correct an injustice." Although Leahy voted for this law in 1996 to protect the rights of states, is now claiming that this law discriminates and creates families "second class".
But Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Committee, replied that marriage "traditional" between a man and a woman, has been the foundation of society for centuries and it is necessary to defend "this sacred institution."
Democrats opposed the 1996 law because, they say, has had a negative impact on gay couples, who are not entitled to federal benefits such as joint tax, social security and protection of the estate tax bill after the death of their partner.
"Today's vote represents real progress towards the rejection of a so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which is fundamentally unfair," he said in a statement Evan Wolfson, founder and president of the group "Freedom to Marry."
In February, the administration of American president Barack Obama announced that he would defend the 1996 law, which has given wings to conservative groups who want to avoid re-election in the November 2012 election.
Currently, the Government of the U.S. capital and states such as Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have adopted laws recognizing gay marriages.
This year New York became the most important state to pass a law allowing gay marriage.
"Likewise also the men abandoned natural relations with women, burned in their lust one toward another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
As they would not consider God, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do things they should not.
They are filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and wickedness.
They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, vain, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful.
These, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. "
Romans 1: 27-32