Repeal DOMA Now!!!
  • Petitioned President of the United States

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President of the United States
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Ohio-08
Rep. John Boehner

Repeal DOMA Now!!!

    1. Alyson Wagner
    2. Petition by

      Alyson Wagner

      alexandria, VA

 

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.

 

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    • Ronnie Fricke WILMINGTON, DE
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important to me because most states in this country still do not allow lesbian and gay couples to share in the responsibilities and commitment of marriage. In the nine states and District of Columbia where the freedom to marry is legal, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act excludes same-sex couples from the more than 1,000 federal protections of marriage including all IRS and Social Security spousal protections. This personally impacts me and my family, because my partner is a soldier in the US Army. Because of DOMA I am, and after his discharge, will continue to be denied the support and benefits typically afforded a military spouse.

      Couples who have made a personal commitment to each other for better or for worse and to care for one another in sickness and in health deserve the cultural respect, social support, and legal protections that come with marriage.

      That's why I'm asking you, as my representative in Congress, to support the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA.

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    • April Heitman ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 3 years ago

      Yesterday, Congress started deciding my fate along with my family's! Whether you agree with "gay" or not, I still have a family just like yours! My wife and I juggle bills, medical, teens, friends, aging parents, and life in general! We have after school programs, parent teacher conferences, electricity cut off notices, creditors after us for outstanding medical, and calls in the middle of the night that Mamma has "fallen and can't get up"! (LOL!) While our family would look the same as yours if one of us was a male, we are not treated the same as yours.

      The Scenario...

      When my spouse received treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, we ran "my" credit card bill over $10,000 to cover the costs. It was "my" credit card and "her" bill. Therefore neither of us could claim on taxes. You could have. I am presently filing for disability. I will receive no added benefits for my spouse. You could if you were disabled. My spouse loses almost 1/3 of her income due to having to file "single" status, does yours? My spouse, although married and a step parent, can't claim me and our two teens still at home, on her taxes. SHE PAYS THE BILLS FOR US! Therefore we also don't qualify for earned income credit as most lower-income households do! Can't you claim every dependant on yours? During one particularly traumatic medical procedure that wasn't necessary, (Naomi woke in a panic from a procedure. I have always been able to calm her panic attacks!) I was forced from the room and had to listen as they held her down and forced a tube up her nose and down her throat to bring her oxygen levels back up as she faught and screamed and cried. (This was their first and only response!) YOU could have legally made them stop and give you time to try breathing with your spouse making that whole trauma unnecessary!!! We have to pay legal fees over $1000 EACH to obtain a few basic rights to take care of each other and the children. You paid around $35 for a marriage license that gave you over a thousand legal rights to your spouse and children. Better yet, in some states, after you and your significant other lived together seven years, you obtained these same rights through a regulation called "Common Law Marriage". Fat chance that will ever hold up in court for Naomi and I! There are so many other ways my family suffers due to the DOMA. If I were to write them all, you would quickly give up reading this! And there are thousands more stories just like this!!!

      Government and the two way street...

      So, while the federal government denies my family the same rights as yours, they also use our "presenting as a couple" against us! With MINIMAL income supporting our household we decided to seek aid for food, rent, and medical (we can’t even afford the co-pays for medical appointments and medicines as I have *8* specialists I see on a routine basis and *13* daily meds now!) This is federal money (which doesn't acknowledge our marriage vows) being passed out by the State of New Mexico (which doesn't acknowledge our marriage vows) telling me since Naomi and I "present as a couple" I must put her income on my application. Her income barely puts us over the

      limit, but remember, she can't "bring home" as much as you because she is taxed as single and we can't get the other important benefits your marriage vows bestowed you with... because our family has two mothers! IT'S STILL A FAMILY!!! We still have minor children involved here who need food shelter, clothing, and medical care!!! We still have to pay into this tax system but we cannot benefit from it when we are down??? I was informed all couples who "present as a couple" must put both incomes on the applications. NEWS FLASH! A man and women can pay $35 and receive benefits that might help them not need this aid, I CAN'T! :(

      This is but OUR storry. There are THOUSANDS more just like it! Please pass the RESPECT OF MARRIAGE ACT and let us care for our own!

      April Heitman

      5808 Bellamah Ave NE

      Albuquerque, NM 87110

      aprilheitman@yahoo.com

      505-205-3081

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    • Casey Stab CAPE CORAL, FL, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Had to marry my wife in VT, but live in FL, THAT'S NOT FAIR : (

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    • Stephanie Mold ESTERO, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      REPEAL DOMA NOW!!!!!!!!!

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