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.
An important first step in this effort is to support Representative Nadler and Senator Feinstein's legislation to repeal DOMA, the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116 and S. 598).
The Defense of Marriage Act is denying tens of thousands of legally married lesbian and gay couples across the country more than 1,000 federal protections they deserve. These federal protections of marriage include Social Security survivors' benefits, family and medical leave, equal compensation as federal employees, and immigration rights, among others.
All across this country, same-sex couples are living the same lives that heterosexual couples live -- raising children and trying to save for their educations; committing to each other emotionally and financially, paying taxes, serving on the PTA, and struggling to balance work and family.
It's time to do away with DOMA once and for all and I look to you to lead the fight on this important issue. Thank you for your time and attention.