President Obama is backing a bill sponsored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein called the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 15-year-old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA, signed by President Clinton, defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman — and denied federal benefits for same-sex couples. We take up the debate over the bill.
Jerrold Nadler, U.S. congressman (D, NY) and co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a proponent of the Respect for Marriage Act
Bill May, chairman of Catholics for the Common Good and an opponent of the Respect for Marriage Act