Same-sex couples across the country are now getting married as a result of the great progress we are making, but these families are still facing discrimination from the federal government.
The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced in Congress in September 2009 to end that discrimination and ensure that marriages that are valid in the state where they are entered into are respected under federal law.
The Respect for Marriage Act will repeal the discriminatory 1996 ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ or DOMA which singles out legally married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law. These valid marriages are now selectively denied more than 1,100 federal protections and responsibilities – including Social Security and immigration benefits – that otherwise apply to married couples.
Tell your leaders and friends to support the Respect for Marriage Act today! Click on this link below
“So-called ‘DOMA’ was a radical departure from the way federal government has treated married couples throughout most of American history. It makes more sense to respect marriages than to destabilize them. In America, we don’t have second-class citizens and we shouldn’t have second-class marriages either.”
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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