Three amendments are set for introduction during a Senate committee vote on Thursday to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Washington Blade obtained copies of each of the amendments ahead of the scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Respect for Marriage Act. An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deadline for submitting amendments was 5 p.m., so no additional amendments will be offered during the markup.
Of the three amendments, only one is germane: a measure that would strike Section 2 of the Respect for Marriage Act. That portion of the bill enables federal benefits to flow to married gay couples even if they live in states that don’t recognize marriage equality. Under the bill as it currently stands, a couple could marry in a state such as New York, where same-sex marriage is legal and still receive federal benefits if they move to a state such as Michigan, which doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.
The other two have no relevance to the Respect for Marriage Act, but still can be offered under Senate rules, which allow non-germane amendments to legislation.
One amendment would “prohibit the denial of grants to any entity on the basis that the entity fails to refer individuals to contraception or abortion services.”
Another amendment would “prohibit political appointees from taking any action to direct the selection of any recipient of a federal grant.”
The Blade will have full coverage of Thursday’s committee vote.