Earlier in the year, the administration said that the Justice Department would no longer defend DOMA in court, and this week the White House said President Obama would support the new legislation repealing it. But the political reality is that DOMA is unlikely to be repealed this year because the Republican controlled House supports it. Wednesday's hearing, Wolfson he says, "is just a first step... The environment is very different since DOMA passed 1996. Twelve countries on four continents now allow gay marriage. Gays can marry anywhere in the world."