Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- chief sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which she hopes will take the place of the Defense of Marriage Act -- believes that Americans are more open to homosexuality than ever before.
Speaking on CNN's
State of the Union,
Feinstein said, "As time goes on, what I find is more and more people have gay friends, they have gay relatives. People are much more forward with their thinking about this now. I think they're much more open to it."
Feinstein also expressed her belief that DOMA, the 1996 act that bars married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, is wrong and unconstitutional.
"If a state says, 'Yes, we're going to countenance same-sex marriage,' then all the rights and benefits thereof ought to be due to that relationship," the senator said.
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