Long-Serving Senators Defend DOMA

Nine U.S. Senators, who served in Congress sixteen years ago and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that was signed by President Bill Clinton, have jointly submitted an amicus brief defending DOMA’s constitutionality. Led by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who chaired Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on DOMA in 1996, these Senators asserted, “By enacting DOMA, Congress sought to mitigate this national confusion by clarifying the definition of marriage for purposes of federal law, while preserving the authority of states to make determinations with regard to their own state laws. Congress sought to preserve the status quo, not disrupt it.”

This brief was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management. In addition to Sen. Hatch, Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Roger Wicker (R-MI) signed the brief.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations