The issue could also come up in reform of the immigration system as Democrats hope to provide green cards for same-sex couples. However if the court rules DOMA unconstitutional, there would be no barrier for the revamped immigration system to recognize same sex marriages.
Despite the muted GOP response, Democrats welcomed Portmanís announcement.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said, ďeveryone should come out in favor of marriage equality. Itís the right thing to do. Itís an issue about justice and fairness.Ē
A senior Senate Democratic aide said that ďthere is universal admiration for the loyalty that Sen. Portman has shown for his family and the courage that he has shown within his party.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.