Every day, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies real protections to tens of thousands of Americans in legally recognized same-sex marriages including Social Security survivors' benefits, equal treatment under U.S. immigration laws, the right to take leave to care for a spouse, and more.
President Obama has decided that his administration will no longer defend DOMA in court. But Republican leaders have stepped in with a plan to waste precious time and resources defending the hateful law in court.
It's time to end DOMA once and for all. Legislation to repeal DOMA has been introduced in the House and your representative's support is crucial. It's up to us to get it across the finish line. Raise your voice – send a message below to your senators and representative today.
I'm writing to express my disappointment that the House leadership is pushing forward with a wasteful defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to to urge you to push forward the crucial legislation to repeal this hurtful and discriminatory law, the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116 and S. 598) introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
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 as one of your constituents and a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, I am looking to you to lead the fight on this important issue. Thank you for your time and attention.
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