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.”
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.