Congressional Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced a bill which seeks to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – just hours after the Supreme Court handed a lethal blow to the law.

While the high court's decision struck down a critical part of the act, ensuring that the federal government recognizes the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, other provisions of the law were not addressed in the challenge.

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California reintroduced the bill with 41 co-sponsors in the Senate and 161 in the House.

Nadler said that repeal was critical despite Wednesday's ruling.

“This bill ensures repeal of section 2 of DOMA, which was not an issue in the Windsor case and purports to excuse the states from even considering whether to honor the marriage of a gay and lesbian couple performed by a sister state,” Nadler said. “The bill also provides a uniform rule for recognizing couples under federal law, ensuring that all lawfully married couples will be recognized under federal law, no matter where they live.”

Nadler first introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in 2009.