It's nice to see Democrats getting ahead on an issue for a change:
Democrats in both the House and Senate will mount a coordinated attack Wednesday on the Defense of Marriage Act.Although it's not really ahead, when a poll yesterday shows "51 percent of voters oppose DOMA, while just 34 percent favor it."
In the House, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, will join the chamber’s four openly gay members – Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) – in introducing a bill to repeal DOMA, the 1996 law which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will introduce a companion bill in the Senate.
Of course it's going nowhere in the Republican House, and the filibuster kills it in the Senate. But it's still the right thing to do: take a strong stand on an issue that's getting more popular by the year, instead of cowering in fear.
Here's a little secret about us lefties: we like a good futile fight. One of the things we loved about Minnette Doderer was those lone votes on a 99 to 1 roll call (98-2 after Ed Fallon got elected).
So let's see some Iowa Democrats as co-sponsors on this ASAP.