Thank President Obama for Calling DOMA Unconstitutional
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Thank President Obama for Calling DOMA Unconstitutional

    1. Petition by

      Freedom to Marry

This morning, President Barack Obama took a historic step that will help advance the freedom to marry. On the recommendation of the Attorney General, the President has determined that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional. 

Because of this, the Department of Justice today concluded that the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is an unconstitutional and indefensible law. 

Each day, DOMA harms thousands of legally married same-sex couples by denying critical federal protections like the ability to sponsor a partner for citizenship, to receive Social Security spousal benefits, and to jointly file federal taxes, among many others.

Today brings us closer to Freedom to Marry's goal of ending this federal discrimination and fully protecting all loving and committed couples and their families. 

Join us in thanking President Obama and his administration for taking this important step forward towards ending federal marriage discrimination and fully commit his administration to repealing DOMA once and for all.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12 signatures
    2. Great analysis on why the Defense of Marriage Act is not worth defending -

    3. Freedom to Marry's Marc Solomon writes: "How We Will Win" -

    4. A great new site from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, calling on Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act -

    5. The New Civil Rights Movement covers Freedom to Marry's appearance on Fox News talking about the so-called Defense of Marriage Act -

    6. Reached 8 signatures
    7. Could the U.S. House take up defense of DOMA? We may know by Friday of this week -

    8. Some great analysis on the implications of Obama's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act -

    9. Check out this awesome appearance by Freedom to Marry's Political Director, Sean Eldridge, on Fox News -

    10. Reached 7 signatures
    11. Sen. Patrick Leahy announces support for legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act -

    12. Talking Points Memo says Obama's position on DOMA is a big deal -

    13. Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterates the President's support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act -

    14. Reached 6 signatures
    15. Poll finds majority support for recognizing same-sex unions -

    16. In the wake of the Obama administration's decision refusing to defend DOMA, calls emerge for Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act for good -

    17. Reached 5 signatures
    18. Metro Weekly provides some excellent analysis on the Obama administration's decision to stop defending DOMA -

    19. Reached 3 signatures
    20. Obama Administration Won't Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

      For nearly two years, the Obama administration has defended the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court, upholding a law designed to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples. Now, after careful consideration by the Department of...

    21. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 3 years ago

      Not defending DOMA is nice. Opposing DOMA with the full bully pulpit of your office would show brave leadership. Your statement that you "struggle with gay marriage" was insensitive and hurtful. Those of us in the gay community who helped push you across the finish line in 2008 saw our own fortunes dissipate when we lost the Prop 8 vote that same year. In recent years former President Clinton says he regrets signing DOMA. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot address this domestic issue currently in her capacity in your cabinet, but we know how she feels about the gay community. That is why Hillary Clinton has my full support should she decide to seek your job in 2012. She would be President of ALL the people, not just the straight ones. I even went so far as to create a Petition to Draft Secretary Clinton for the 2012 Nomination. Here is that Petition:

    • Lisa Perry STANWOOD, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for standing up for what is right. Especially when it is not popular. You, sir, have confirmed every faith I had in you when I cast my ballot in 2008. Keep up the good work! Keep the fight alive for all of us!

    • Leandra Calhoun LYNDHURST, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I would love to personally thank you for taking a step in the right direction for equality. Im a soldier in the U.S. Army, and I am homosexual, granted I am fully able now to talk openly about my girlfriend and our relationship without the threat

    • Marie Cronin OLDSMAR, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear President Obama, you are doing a great job, keep up the good work, you are a man of the people! Intelligence & compassion is what makes a great president. I voted for you, and can't wait to vote for you again in 2012! Tell the First Lady she is doing a wonderful job also for the children of our country, our soldiers, etc., etc. You make a beautiful couple. I want to thank you for fighting for people like me also, I'm a divorced mom, working 2 jobs, and the Republicans want to take away my voice and my rights (unions), if Rick Scott could send us back to the slave days he would! Yes, I live in the state of Florida, that elected Rick Scott, absurd isn't it? I hope whomever voted for him is happy now. Instead of creating jobs (the agenda he stood on) he is eliminating them. He also derailed the bullet train that would have created jobs and caused Florida to lose 10 million dollars in revenue! We need to take back the White House! Sincerely, Marie

      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you Mr.President, But now you need to do something

      FEDERAL about it...


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