Retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman on
Friday said he believes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is
The 1996 law which prohibits government
agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian
couples is heading to the Supreme Court, where justices are expected
to rule on a challenge to its constitutionality.
The court will hear Windsor v.
United States in March and is expected to hand down a ruling in
Appearing on MSNBC, Bingaman, a
Democrat from New Mexico, said he believes the justices will strike
down the law which he voted for in 1996.
“I think the two circuit courts that
have determined that it's not constitutional are probably right,”
said. “That's my judgment today.”
“I think the country is ahead of the
lawmakers on this. And I don't know what the Supreme Court will do,
but it will not surprise me if they affirm … I think it's likely
that they will [affirm the lower courts' judgment that it's
unconstitutional]. And, you know, that's one of those acts that
probably should not have been enacted.”
“President Clinton supported it and
it think, frankly, it was done without sufficient consideration of
all the factors.”
the segment on MSNBC.)