Stop defending DOMA!
  • Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

This petition was delivered to:

Speaker of the House John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop defending DOMA!

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Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy to save her life in 2008. Then, in 2010 - declared cancer free by her oncologist - she deployed to Kuwait for one year. She faithfully fulfilled her duty to our nation and returned proudly home to her wife, Karen, and their four-year old daughter.

But last September, the Morgans learned the awful truth that CW2 Morgan's cancer has returned, and it is incurable. Should CW2 Morgan not survive this bout with cancer, her wife Karen will not receive any survivor's benefits, social security benefits or health insurance coverage, in part because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the military from providing them.

Karen is a stay-at-home mom, taking care of their daughter while CW2 Morgan works and undergoes chemotherapy. Even now, she does not have health insurance, as the policies available have too high a premium, and it is too expensive for their family to afford on our military salary.

President Obama has pledged that the Department of Justice will no longer defend DOMA cases, because he believes it is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner is still defending these cases through his House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.

It's time for Speaker Boehner to stop defending this indefensible law and

help ensure that the Morgans - and countless other gay and lesbian military families - receive the same recognition, support, and benefits as their straight, married peers.

CW2 Charlie Morgan can't wait. She and her family deserve equal treatment, and she may not have years for this process to play out in the courts or on Capitol Hill. Speaker Boehner can make a difference here. DOMA hurts our military and harms families.

Here are CW2 Morgan's words to Speaker Boehner:

"I would like the Speaker to know, as a member of the Active Guard, that I laid my life on the line for my country. Now I need my country to protect and take care of my family. My wife and daughter face an uncertain future, unable to receive the same family support and services as our counterparts who render the same service, take the same risks, and make the same sacrifices. Time is of the essence."

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Charlie Morgan, Lesbian Guardsman With Cancer, Meets John Boehner Staffer

      Charlie Morgan met with one of John Boehner's staffers to discuss how DOMA is negatively impacting her life during one of the most challenging fights of her life.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Greene COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a blight and disgrace on the United States justice system and government. Virtually every civilized and modernized civilization has officially stopped discriminating against people based solely on their sexual orientation. The United States of America should be a beacon of freedom, not lagging behind in regards to civil rights. Stop supporting this fallacious law immediately and if anything, support repealing it.

    • Lindsay Reisman FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in marriage equality for all. not just for straight couples. Gay rights are not "special rights", they are Human Rights.

    • Richard Lucas EUREKA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is time we grew up as a nation and start living up to the principles of liberty and quality for all.

    • Jerica Pennington PARAGOULD, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      There is no valid or rational reason why heterosexual couples should be more entitled than homosexual couples to having the legal benefits of marriage or to publicly declaring or demonstrating their love.

    • Michelle Cook SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am both a veteran and same-sex married. I am appalled that Speaker Boehner holds families hostage for political gain. Shame, shame, shame on him for this blatant homophobic action he has been taking.


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