STILL WORK TO DO:
- DOMA’s Section 2 -- which says that states don’t have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states -- still stands. That hurts same-sex couples under state law, and couples that cannot get married are prevented from enjoying the more than 1000 federal rights and benefits that come with marriage.
- Full repeal of DOMA would mean federal recognition of all marriages in all states -- including the state-recognized marriages of same-sex couples in more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia.
- Since a married couple’s status can change from state to state, various federal laws still end up distinguishing between same-sex marriages and marriages between people of the opposite sex. Fixing those along with the rest of DOMA would remove a discriminatory blemish from federal law, sending a powerful moral message.
Tell the President and Congress:
It's time to repeal (the rest of) DOMA.
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court spoke loud and clear: Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. But the rest of DOMA is still on the books. It's time to repeal DOMA once and for all.
It's clear that the walls excluding LGBT Americans from equality under the law are coming tumbling down. The Supreme Court justices, other judges and state legislatures who have come down on the side of equality are doing their jobs -- now Congress and the President need to do theirs. Take action now to make sure that President Obama and Congress eliminate (the rest of) DOMA.
Dear President Obama and Congressional Leaders:
It's time to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). At this moment of change and progress, it's time to undo a serious mistake made by Congress nearly two decades ago. As the Supreme Court made clear, the federal government has no business discriminating against loving families by selectively withholding the legal protections that only legal civil marriage affords. But Section 2 remains, which allows states to refuse to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples from other states. And other places in federal law still draw a distinction between marriages that, due to differing marriage laws from state to state, leaves some same-sex couples without vital protections.
It's time for the President to fulfill his promise to the American people to eliminate marriage discrimination. And it's time for Congress to show leadership on this issue and send him long overdue legislation to repeal this relic of hatred.
Please do everything you can to end all remaining marriage discrimination by the federal government, including the full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
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