House votes to reaffirm DOMA in a defense spending bill. It is time to take action.
If the “Calyee Anthony Act” Petition can have 400,000 signatures in less than 48 hours. This petition should take half the time. It’s time to remind our government who they work for.
Join me in telling our lawmakers that enough is enough. The time to repeal DOMA is now. The volume of our voices has been underestimated for far too long. We are not second class citizens!
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law. This law discriminates in two important ways. First, Section 2 of DOMA purports to allow states to refuse to recognize valid civil marriages of same-sex couples. Second, Section 3 of the law carves all same-sex couples, regardless of their marital status, out of all federal statutes, regulations, and rulings applicable to all other married people—thereby denying them over 1,100 federal benefits and protections.
Since DOMA’s passage in 1996, six states and the District of Columbia have provided equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples may marry in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and now New York. California recognizes (the more than 18,000) same-sex marriages performed in California before the passage of Proposition 8. Because of DOMA, the federal government is not honoring their equal obligations under state law.