A New York lawmaker is proposing a bill on Tuesday to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
DOMA defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The act gives the individual states the right not recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
Gay rights leaders will join Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., when he unveils the bill on the U.S. Capitol steps.
The Alliance Defense Fund's Jordan Lorence appeared on Tuesday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to give his analysis of what the effect would be for traditional marriage if DOMA is repealed.
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However, one vocal advocate for the gay rights community says he does not believe DOMA will be repealed this year.
House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., says Congress will have its hands full with other gay rights initiatives, including overturning the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and providing full domestic partnership benefits for federal employees.