Tell the DNC: Get a Repeal of DOMA on Your Civil Rights Web Site
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The Democratic Party launched a new logo and a new web site, including a new section dedicated to the party's platform on civil rights. That's exciting news, but there's one glaring omission: the Democratic Party fails to include a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on its list of civil rights goals.
Among the issues listed as critical civil rights concerns by the Democratic Party are: repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," ending racial profiling, ensuring full civil unions at the federal level, enacting the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), strengthening the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and building a fair and more equitable criminal justice system.
But there's no repeal of DOMA listed, despite the fact that the President himself has called for the legislation's end. Meanwhile, there's also a bill in Congress, the Respect for Marriage Act, that has been introduced to repeal sections of DOMA, yet it too remains absent from the new Democratic Party Web site.
Urge the Democrats to put a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on their web site, and list it as a crucial civil rights issue of our time. Its omission sends quite the negative message, and only serves to legitimize DOMA as a sound piece of law.
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