From the fine folks at the Courage Campaign comes a bit of great news: Wisconsin’s lone Democratic U.S. Senator, Herb Kohl, has indicated he’ll join nine of his Democratic colleagues to vote to pass S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was enacted in 1996 and counted among its supporters none other than Sen. Herb Kohl. While the news of Sen. Kohl’s support of a repeal of DOMA is certainly welcome, a repeal will have an uphill fight to overcome a possible Republican filibuster. In order to avoid a filibuster, some Republican support will be necessary (not to mention corralling some moderate/conservative Democrats), but I’m not sure how many Republican Senators would support a repeal of DOMA, no matter how hard they’re lobbied.