Yesterday, Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen was reelected over opponent David VanderLeest in the first of nine Wisconsin Senate recall elections. Six Republicans and three Democrats are up for recall elections this summer, following nationwide outrage over Wisconsin Republicans’ eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Randy Borntrager, Political Director for People For the American Way, released the following statement:
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Senator Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Patrick Leahy are leading the push to end the discriminatory law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples and has kept thousands of married couples from enjoying the full rights and responsibilities of marriage.
Bryan Fischer is an extreme Religious Right commentator, spokesman for the American Family Association and talk-show host. He specializes in serving up a daily dose of vitriolic hate against gays and lesbians, non-Christians, progressives and virtually anyone who disagrees with his fanatical interpretation of the Constitution and the Bible.