Dump DOMA (.com)
Posted on December 4, 2008
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Part of President-elect Obama’s ambitious pro-equality platform is that he supports the repeal of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). But already, the anti-gay Right has launched a campaign to “protect DOMA.”
At this moment of change, which we’ve fought so hard to reach, it’s time for the federal government to stop punishing loving same-sex couples. It’s time to repeal DOMA.
While states across the country have different laws regarding marriage equality and civil unions, and far too many states currently have bans on same-sex marriage, repealing DOMA would be a huge step in the direction of equality.
- It would be a repudiation of the forces of hate and division who have long pushed to enshrine discrimination further in federal law.
- It would mean federal recognition of all marriages in states like Massachusetts and Connecticut which have full marriage equality for same-sex couples.
- Repealing DOMA would stop the government from selectively withholding the 1,300 or so legal protections that only legal civil marriage affords.
- It would remove a discriminatory blemish from federal law, sending a powerful moral message.
People For the American Way’s campaign to Dump DOMA is a comprehensive effort to get repeal legislation on the President-elect Obama’s desk for signature. This is a long-tem strategy that we know will be an uphill battle — but, we must start now. Anti-equality groups are already pushing to keep DOMA in place, and we anticipate challenges with some red-state Democrats and the need to “flip” some representatives and senators who voted to pass DOMA in 1996. But we’ve seen just what effective national organizing can do in this last election cycle, and we’re hopeful that this major step for LGBT equality can be part of the big change for our country in the next few years.
Sign the petition to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi now. We want to gather as many signatures as we can to deliver to congressional leadership to begin this battle when the 111th Congress convenes. We need to build up bi-partisan support to repeal DOMA and create an atmosphere of change on this issue in the halls of Congress.
The Obama platform on LGBT rights is laid out on his Change.gov transition web site. While unfortunately falling short on full marriage equality, it shows a commitment to many of the values People For the American Way has been advocating for years and continues to fight for: protections against employment discrimination, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal hate crimes laws and allowing gays and lesbians to serve equally and openly in the military by eliminating “don’t ask, don’t tell.” But perhaps the most aggressive part of the platform is Obama’s support for repealing DOMA and ending federal discrimination against same-sex couples.
Now we need to gin up the grassroots pressure on House and Senate leaders to let them know it’s time for the U.S. government to stop punishing families.
Please be among the first to get on board. We need your support now if the campaign is going to be successful.
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