DOMA repeal gets a hearing (AP): Alliance Defense Fund attorney Austin Nimocks, who sees little public support for the repeal of DOMA, told the committee the Defense of Marriage Act is still needed. “To repeal DOMA sends a profound public policy message that marriage between a man and a woman, which we know naturally builds families and gives hope that the next generation will carry that family into the future, …that that ideal is no longer important or necessary,” stated Nimocks. “But we know that kids need secure attachments to their mothers and fathers.