It’s time for the federal government to stop punishing same-sex couples. It’s time to repeal DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).
• would be a repudiation of the forces of hate and division who have long pushed to enshrine discrimination further in federal law.
• would mean federal recognition of all marriages in states like Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Washington, Maryland and Washington, D.C. -- including the state-recognized marriages of same-sex couples there.
• would stop the government from selectively withholding the 1,300 or so legal protections that only legal civil marriage affords.
• would remove a discriminatory blemish from federal law, sending a powerful moral message.
It’s becoming clear that the walls excluding LGBT Americans from equality under the law are coming tumbling down. The Judges and state legislatures who have come down on the side of equality are doing their jobs -- now Congress needs to do theirs. Take action now to make sure that Congress eliminates DOMA.