"A group of House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal marriage law that denies recognition of gay marriage and gives states the right to refuse recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Same-sex marriages are now legal in six states.
The Respect for Marriage Act, unveiled by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Jared Polis, D-Colo, has the support of more than 90 lawmakers.
The legislation would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law signed by President Bill Clinton.
This is the "first step to overturning DOMA," Nadler said, who called the law "irrational and hateful."
"Democracy doesn't always get it right," said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who also supports the Respect for Marriage Act. "This should have been corrected a long time ago."
House Democratic leaders will not schedule a floor vote any time soon, but the proposal is evidence of the appetite of activists and their legislative allies - now that Democrats control both Congress and the White House - for going beyond more incremental steps."
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