This morning, President Barack Obama took a historic step that will help advance the freedom to marry. On the recommendation of the Attorney General, the President has determined that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional.
Because of this, the Department of Justice today concluded that the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is an unconstitutional and indefensible law.
Each day, DOMA harms thousands of legally married same-sex couples by denying critical federal protections like the ability to sponsor a partner for citizenship, to receive Social Security spousal benefits, and to jointly file federal taxes, among many others.
Today brings us closer to Freedom to Marry's goal of ending this federal discrimination and fully protecting all loving and committed couples and their families.
Join us in thanking President Obama and his administration for taking this important step forward towards ending federal marriage discrimination and fully commit his administration to repealing DOMA once and for all.
Thank you for accepting the recommendation of the Attorney General and determining that sexual orientation discrimination be presumed unconstitutional. The result of this decision means that the Department of Justice will no longer defend the discriminatory so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” law in federal courts. This is excellent news.
The Defense of Marriage Act could not be less appropriately named. DOMA actually hurts marriage by excluding committed same-sex couples and their families from it, while discriminating against couples and their families in important federal marriage protections such as the ability to sponsor a partner for citizenship, to receive Social Security spousal benefits, and to jointly file federal taxes, among many others.
Thank you for this important decision. We continue to urge you and your administration to commit to fully commit to repealing DOMA once and for all.
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