The leader of a Colorado Springs organization was on Capitol Hill this week hoping to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 law, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman is the focus of a new effort to repeal.
There has been a lot for supporters of gay marriage to celebrate this year, including a new law that permits same-sex nuptials in New York.
Back in February, the Justice Department said it would no longer defend the federal law that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples, citing doubts about its constitutionality. This week, the White House said President Obama wants to overturn the law. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would do that and — for the first time — give federal benefits to same-sex couples who marry.
Colorado’s abandoned mines are notorious safety and environmental hazards. Congress is working on legislation that could accelerate the clean-up and closure of the potential death traps. But the idea is not without hazards of its own.
The clock is ticking as lawmakers grapple with budget issues that could cause the nation to default on its loans. The Republican-controlled House is expected to pass a balanced budget amendment this week as a part of any deal. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke with Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff about Colorado’s role in the negotiations.