Join Senator Gillibrand and Demand Marriage Equality for All
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Join Senator Gillibrand and Demand Marriage Equality for All

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      Gillibrand for Senate

Overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a big victory for equality, but there's still so far we have yet to go.

Every American should be able to marry the person they love. Yet in 1996, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act codified the discriminatory notion that marriage is only between a man and a woman. DOMA denies same-sex couples the basic privileges enjoyed by straight couples, and prevents state-approved legal marriages from being recognized across the country.

This is wrong. If we are to achieve full marriage equality for all, Congress must repeal DOMA now.

A couple of months ago, President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA in federal court. This is a huge step, but the fact is that as long as DOMA remains on the books it will continue to be enforced until Congress repeals it legislatively.

Sign today and join Senator Gillibrand in telling Congress to allow all loving couples to enjoy the rights and privileges of marriage.

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I believe every American should be able to marry the person they love.

I add my voice to Senator Gillibrand’s call to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to allow all loving couples to enjoy the rights and privileges of marriage.

It’s time to bring an end to this discriminatory and unconstitutional law.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Constance Franklin LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Marriage is a social construction which must align itself with equality for all. Seperation of church and state. DOMA is a violation of civil rights. Repeal it now.

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    • Christopher Gagliardi ENGLEWOOD, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      VERY SIMPLE: Every single person deserves the same rights as well as a right to marriage!!

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I agree with Senator Gillibrand that LGBT people whould be treated equally in every way and that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was just a beginning step. LGBT people should be given full equality in terms of being able to marry, and protected against employers and schools, etc. discriminating against them.

      An example of a continuing discriminatory and counterproductive rule is the FDA prohibition against Gay men donating blood, if they have had sex since 1977. This rule made sense when it was instituted during the 1980s, but has long since stopped making sense and is both discriminatory and unnecessarily limits the supply of blood.

      A similar government rule in Britain was recently overturned and one in Canada had a petition writer in Canada target the Canadian Red Cross, which is bound by the principles of the International Red Cross to not discriminate, but is bound by the laws of the nation in which it operates.

      If you feel that the blood donation rule regarding Gay men is both discriminatory and unnecessarily limits the supply of blood at a time when there are shortages, I've posted one petition of several similar actions below. Please sign this and any similar actions, write your representatives, write a letter to the editor, or write your own petition for your country, if you live outside of the United States, and encourage your friends to do the same.

      Together, we shall overcome...

      http://www.change.org/petitions/gay-men-should-be-allowed-to-donate-blood

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    • J G MN
      • about 3 years ago

      Marriage is a religious concept. According to the 1st amendment it is illegal to descriminate anyone from marriage. Please take a look at this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/freedom-of-marriage

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    • Charles Martin NEW YORK, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I recommend those interested in LGBT issues also take a look at the petition in re to the offensive comments made by Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan!

      http://www.change.org/petitions/archbishop-dolan-gay-rights-are-not-a-chic-cause

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