The Respect for Marriage Act, sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), "would take the Defense of Marriage Act off the books for once and for all," and Obama is "proud" to support it, Carney said.
The Obama administration in February announced that the Department of Justice will no longer defend DOMA in court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Leahy, will hold a Wedneday hearing on the bill. Advocates for pro- and anti-gay marriage groups are scheduled to testify before the panel.