Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (left) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse talk during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act on Thursday. The panel cleared the bill, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, but Durbin said there were no immediate plans to bring it to the full Senate.
However, Durbin did not dispute the Texan’s contention that the legislation is unlikely to receive a vote this year or next. The Majority Whip blamed the likelihood of a Republican filibuster for the unclear legislative path of the DOMA repeal. Durbin, who voted in favor of DOMA when it originally passed, said he now regrets that vote.
“I voted for DOMA. I believe that I was wrong,” the Illinois Democrat said. “My views on the subject have changed.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.