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Petitioning President of the United States

Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities

Dominick Evans
6,840 supporters
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Petitioning Iowa State House, Mayor Lou Schafer

Dog chained for 3 YEARS in backyard begins another winter outside!! RESCUE BELLA NOW!!!

This helpless dog has been chained in the backyard of a property in the town of New Providence, Iowa, for the last three years.  Doesn’t matter if it’s summer and the weather is scorching hot or it’s winter and it’s blistering cold. BELLA spends every day in the same manner; all chained up, in solitary confinement. In spite of numerous protests, nothing has changed. Last year, concerned residents built a doghouse for BELLA but they had the door slammed in their faces. Now, after another set of massive complaints, the Sheriff finally turned up at their doorstep to check on the dog. She's tied up outside. There are people who don’t think this is acceptable. It’s a situation open up for debate’ Sheriff Dave McDaniel stated. McDaniel admitted that the dog had food and water but claimed that the type of shelter was ‘questionable’. The Sheriff finally pursued the owners to accept a dog house built by members of the community. BELLA’s condition is still dire. Spending her days on a heavy chain, not being able to move and her only companions are a patch of dirt, rain, sun, snow and the bitter cold!!  Dogs are NOT solitary, this is NOT what having a pet is about.   BELLA needs love NOT isolation!!! To me, pets are family and should definitely stay inside. All in all, BELLA needs to be rescued from the property.  She has suffered in frozen silence far too long; now we have to be her voice!!  She deserves a better home and owners who understand what having a pet really means. The blistering cold of Iowa is just days away.  Do NOT remain indifferent and help rescue BELLA!!  The HEART Hardin Eldora Animal Rescue Team has already announced they are prepared to bring BELLA in anytime. PLEASE SHARE VIRALLY FOR BELLA, thank you.

Victoria Canduro
5,148 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alaska State Senate, Alaska State House, Arkansas State House, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, California ...

U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW

The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now!     Cover photo by NASA

Our Climate Crisis
3,525 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Alabama State Senate, Texas State Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse, Donald J. Trump, Tennessee State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Asa Hutchinson, ABC, NBC, FOX News, ...

Tina's Law: Domestic Violence Offender Registry

On the morning of November 24th 2017, Tina Stewart was brutally murdered by her boyfriend. Tina's boyfriend beat her to death; beating her to the point that he broke both of his own hands. On the day of court the judge stated, "This individual has a history with violence and why wasn't this known?".  It was at the moment, Don Estes, Tina's Uncle, made a promise to his niece, he would do everything in his power to change the law so there wouldn't be a next time that a judge, girlfriend, boyfriend, or anyone that would have to ask why they weren't aware of someone's violent history.  It's time to make a difference. It's time to take a stand. And, it's time to change the law!  We have a registry for sex offenders and we even have a registry for animal abusers across the country. Why do we not have one for individuals that are abusing men, women, and children?  Tina's Law would require any person with a domestic violence abuse charge against them to be registered; similar to sex offenders. We need to hold these individuals  accountable for their actions. Making this change in the law across all states would prevent someone that's been charged with domestic violence from moving to another state and starting over, as if they've never done anything wrong. This would be a national registry so hiding or moving to another state is not going to keep anyone from knowing their history with violence. If you're convicted of domestic violence, you will go on the registry. It's a lifelong registry for a felony conviction and/or if you have two or more misdemeanor offenses of domestic violence against the same person. If Tina had known about her boyfriend's violent history, she would have never gone out with him. This law will save lives! We need your help by taking a stand with us to change the law. We're not only asking you to sign the petition, we're asking you to also share the petition and help us with making a change. 

Allyson Hottinger
2,781 supporters