One Illinois senator says he supports the repeal of a law that he finds discriminatory to same sex couples. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he supports a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which defines a legal marriage or union as between one man and one woman. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.) drafted the bill that has passed out of the Judiciary Committee. It hasn’t yet been called for a vote because Feinstein believes there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to see passage of the bill.
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“I believe that we should have marriage equality in this country, that we should treat people fairly, we should not discriminate against them in this circumstance,” Durbin said. “I would certainly support calling it for a vote.” Durbin recognizes that individual states have the right to decide what defines a marriage or civil union, but says DOMA discriminates at the federal level by denying federal government benefits. Durbin says Illinois’ civil union law was a step in the right direction. “It ends what I consider to be unacceptable discrimination against people of different sexual orientation,” Durbin said. “I believe it is a step forward and I supported it.” Even if the repeal passed in the Senate it likely wouldn’t do well in the Republican controlled House. It’s likely the issue will be debated right up to the 2012 elections.