Wolf, todays lesson in hypocrisy comes to us courtesy of the senate judiciary committee. They met in a different private room behind closed doors today and approved a constitutional amendment banning gay. The defense of marriage act (doma) vote to prohibit marriage between members of the same sex in federal law, and provide that no state is required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Arlen specter (february 12, 1930 october 14, 2012) was an american lawyer, author, and politician who served as united states senator for pennsylvania. Specter was a democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a republican from 19, when he switched back to the democratic party. Senator arlen specters record on gay rights is threatening to undermine his re-election bid as republicans continue attempts to turn the campaign into a referendum on gay marriage and the. pennsylvania senator arlen specter is the sixth senator to publicly flip on the issue of gay marriage this year. Specter, who recently returned to the democratic party after 44 republican years. the time has come to repeal the 1996 defense of marriage act (doma). Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture. arlen specter was elected to the united states senate in 1980 and is currently serving his fifth term. In 2005, senator specter became pennsylvania s longest serving u. He is ranking member of the senate judiciary committee, and a senior member of the appropriations and veterans affairs committees.