Repeal DOMA.  Support the Respect for Marriage Act.
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Repeal DOMA. Support the Respect for Marriage Act.

    1. Sarah Robin
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Robin

      Minneapolis, MN

Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by passing the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116/S. 598).

What is the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA)?

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), sponsored by U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY 8) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), repeals DOMA and restores the rights of all lawfully married couples-including same-sex couples-to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. The bill also provides same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and protections would flow from a valid marriage celebrated in a state where such marriages are legal, even if a couple moves or travels to another state.

What is the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?

In 1996, the United States Congress passed DOMA and was signed into law by then President Clinton. DOMA singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law. DOMA purports to allow states to refuse to recognize valid civil marriages of same-sex couples. Also DOMA 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 1100 federal benefits and protections.

Not only does DOMA deny homosexuals their civil rights to marry, but it also prevents homosexual couples to file their taxes jointly, take unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse, receive equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees and receive spousal, mother's and father's, or surviving spouse benefits under Social Security.

The Problem

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. 

For example, legally married same-sex couples cannot:

-File their taxes jointly

-Take unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse

-Receive spousal, mother’s and father’s, or surviving spouse benefits under Social Security

-Receive equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees

Since DOMA’s passage in 1996, five states and the District of Columbia have provided equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, and two other jurisdictions recognize marriages of same-sex couples celebrated in other states and abroad.  Thousands of couples have married since Massachusetts issued marriage licenses in 2004.  Same-sex couples may marry in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.  California recognizes (the more than 18,000) same-sex marriages performed in California before the passage of Proposition 8.  New York and Maryland recognize same-sex marriages celebrated in other states, but do not grant civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Because of DOMA, the federal government is not honoring their equal obligations under state law.

What will the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) do?

By repealing Section 2 of DOMA, the Respect for Marriage Act returns to traditional principles of comity and Full Faith and Credit. Under RMA, same-sex couples and their families would be eligible for important federal benefits and protections such as family and medical leave or Social Security spousal and survivors' benefits, but the federal government could not grant state-level rights. The bill does not require states that have not yet enacted legal protections for same-sex couples to recognize a marriage. Nor does it obligate any person, state, locality, or religious organization to celebrate or license a marriage between two persons of the same sex. This legislation only requires the federal government to equally apply its policy of looking to the states in determining what legal relationships are eligible for federal benefits.

What can you do to get the Respect for Marriage Act passed?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116/S. 598).  Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

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    • John Wight TOWSON, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Equality for all.

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    • LOUISE SCHMALING AMIX APOPKA, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      1 Corinthians 11:9 | Read whole chapter | See verse in contextNeither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

      Leviticus 18:22

      Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

      Leviticus 20:13

      If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

      1 Corinthians 6:9

      Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

      Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

      19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

      20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

      21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

      22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

      23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

      24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

      25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

      26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

      28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

      29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

      30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

      31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

      32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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    • Sue Spurgeon MADISON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I am legally married to my wife, in Canada and both of us are going to be collection Social Security. The way the law is currently, neither of us can receive survivor benefits. In Canada my wife is eligible to collect my Canadian Pension Plan benefits.

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    • Kelsey Craig CINCICINNATI, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm not straight. Give me equal rights.

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    • Megan Foley ORANGE PARK, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      As a gay teenager, I hope to see DOMA repealed this year so that one day in the future I will be able to marry- just like all of my heterosexual peers will be able to when they reach adulthood. It's the 21st century, and we need to wake up and realize that love- like all emotions- is genderblind.

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