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Democrats seek to kill Defense of Marriage Act

Senate Democrats next week will begin a push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage for federal purposes and, to date, has meant states don’t have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

The issue is expected to face strong opposition from Republicans, who would likely have the votes to filibuster the legislation should it reach the Senate floor. And it’s unlikely to make it to the GOP-controlled House at all.

But the measure comes at a time when gay and lesbian advocates are on a roll, having won repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in Congress late last year.

Meanwhile, President Obama’s Justice Department has refused to defend DOMA in court, saying it can no longer vouch for its constitutionality.

CAMPAIGN

Warren claims credit for Occupy protests

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is taking some credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The Democrat and longtime consumer advocate says her work over the years against Wall Street abuses created much of the intellectual foundation for the demonstrators. In an interview posted Tuesday on the Daily Beast website, Ms. Warren said she supports what the protesters are doing.

Republicans pounced on Ms. Warren’s remarks, saying she was praising them at the same time that the Boston police have arrested at least 141 protesters for allegedly threatening to tie up traffic downtown and refusing to abide by their protest-permit limits.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama campaign awaits a GOP primary survivor

SAN FRANCISCO | President Obama said he is waiting until more Republican presidential hopefuls are “voted off the island” before he starts tuning into the GOP race.

During an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” Mr. Obama said when the field of contenders aiming to replace him is narrowed down to one or two, he’ll start paying attention.

The president taped his appearance Tuesday morning in Los Angeles before heading to San Francisco for a fundraiser.

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