Freedom to Marry’s federal team continues progress on Respect for Marriage Act

Freedom to Marry's federal program continues making progress on overturning the Defense of Marriage Act through the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. We have seen immense support for the bill, with 151 House co-sponsors, 32 Senate co-sponsors, and 74 organizations signing on as Respect for Marriage Coalition members.

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House introduces bill to protect married gay and lesbian service members

This afternoon, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would explicitly clarify the definition of "spouse" to include same-sex couples.

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U.S. District Court Judge finds DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Windsor v. United States’

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones ruled in 'Windsor v. United States' that DOMA's Section 3, which defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

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Have you signed our petition to protect all military families?

Last week, Freedom to Marry and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network launched a petition asking Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which forces the U.S. military to treat gay and lesbian service members and their families differently than it treats all other married service members. Have you signed yet?

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Celebrate Memorial Day with our petition to support all military families

As Memorial Day approaches, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network are working to ignite a grassroots petition that calls on Congress to end marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian service members, veterans and their families. The petition asks Congress to repeal the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act and support the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Respect for Marriage Act gains three new cosponsors

This week, two new members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one new senator signed on as cosponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry highlights marriage discrimination against military families

Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have teamed up this week to launch a new, national persuasion campaign - Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry. The campaign will illustrate how the Defense of Marriage Act negatively impacts military families.

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Senator Jack Reed will cosponsor DOMA repeal

Hours after President Barack Obama announced his support for the freedom to marry, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) pledged to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

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Newest cosponsors to Respect for Marriage Act are leading members of Congressional Black Caucus

The newest cosponsors to the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116) are two leaders within the Congressional Black Caucus.

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One year after introduction, DOMA repeal bill keeps gaining new cosponsors

It's been one year since the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), was introduced in Congress and 365 days later, support for ending federal marriage discrimination is at an all-time high. Just this week Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Hansen Clarke (D-MI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) became the latest members of Congress to sign on as cosponsors of the bill.

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