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Darren Major, left, and his husband Andrew Troup pose for a photograph Thursday June 30, 2011 on a subway platform in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threw its backing behind a bill that would repeal a 15-year-old law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a measure that makes same-sex couples ineligible for the many federal benefits that accrue to married, heterosexual couples.

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