New York Representative Jerrold Nadler will reintroduce legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday.

Nadler introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would end DOMA, the Clinton-era law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages from other states, in September, 2009. The measure quickly rounded up 100 co-sponsors in its first 30 days and then fizzled without a companion Senate bill.

Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he and President Barack Obama believe parts of the law to be unconstitutional have renewed the effort, Nadler told The Huffington Post.

“The president's move is another step in the increasing realization that there is no conceivable justification for DOMA, that it is motivated, was motivated, purely by irrational considerations and fear and that there is no rational basis that will stand up to a constitutional challenge,” Nadler said.

“Hopefully, that will make it somewhat easier to pass legislation in Congress,” the Democrat added.

Three Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, have signed on to introduce similar legislation in the Senate.

In 1996, Leahy voted in favor of DOMA. But in 2009, he told Vermont Public Radio that he had reversed his position. Feinstein has always opposed the law.