Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stand up for Equal Rights: Repeal DOMA

Last year I helped lead the effort to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and I'm thrilled that very soon, LGBT Americans will be able to serve openly in our armed forces. This is a big victory for equality, but there's still so far we have yet to go.

I believe every American should be able to marry the person they love. Yet in 1996, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA) 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.

That’s why I'm proud to partner with Democracy for America to make sure the repeal of DOMA becomes a reality.

Please sign your name here to join the nationwide movement to repeal DOMA and allow all loving couples to enjoy the rights and privileges of marriage.

Recently, 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.

That's why tomorrow, I will join Senator Feinstein as we introduce DOMA repeal legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Can I count on you to join us on the frontlines of this fight?

Please sign here to join the fight for marriage equality by urging Congress to repeal this discriminatory and unconstitutional law.

It's simply not right that my husband and I should be able to enjoy rights and privileges that LGBT Americans are denied.

Thank you for everything you do to ensure marriage equality for all Americans,

-Kirsten Gillibrand

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