Reps. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Jim Langevin of Rhode Island have co-sponsored a bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), bringing the total number of representatives supporting the bill to 122, two more than last year's initial effort.

The 1996 law prohibits federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“Getting married to my wife Gwen and building our life together was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Walz, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I simply cannot imagine why we would want to ban our fellow Americans from that commitment. Martin Luther King Jr. once said 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' I believe that arc is getting shorter and I look forward to a day in my lifetime when Americans are not discriminated on based on who they love.”

Langevin added that he believes passage is near: “When I supported non-discrimination legislation in the Rhode Island legislature many years ago, I remember my father talking of his belief that one day our nation would look back in disbelief at a time when we denied our fellow citizens basic civil rights based on their sexual orientation. I now believe that day is within our reach, and I'm honored to be a supporter of this bill.”

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced he would no longer defend the law in court. He's also endorsed the legislative effort to repeal the law.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the bill's main sponsor, said the “movement to repeal DOMA is steadily growing stronger and more robust.”

“Dumping DOMA is simply not a question of if but when,” he added.