Evan Wolfson: In love and war, honoring the commitment of gay americans

Freedom to Marry's Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, comments on last week's historic votes in the House and Senate Armed Services Committee to repeal the so-called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

"While repealing military discrimination certainly honors the values of our nation, it is only a step toward closing the door on fundamental unfairness."

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Draft Congressional ethics rules would recognize marriages of same-sex couples

The House ethics committee has drafted rules that for the first time would define married gay couples as “spouses” for the purposes of filling out their annual Congressional financial disclosure forms.

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Evan Wolfson: Tax day’s here, time to dump DOMA

Freedom to Marry's Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, says the so-called Defense of Marriage Act consistently harms same-sex couples and their families — glaringly so on tax day.

Visit Freedom to Marry’s online Action Center to contact your lawmakers today and tell them how DOMA hurts gay couples, their families, states like Massachusetts, and our country’s basic fairness.

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Following DC: What the Freedom to Marry in the Capital Means Nationwide

By Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry

Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in Washington D.C. to receive marriage licenses are celebrating their legal marriages.

D.C. now officially joins the five states and eight countries that have ended exclusion from marriage. Marriage in our nation's capital marks a significant victory not only for D.C. couples who no longer need to leave home to secure the protections and responsibilities of marriage, but also for the national movement to win the freedom to marry.

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Nadler: Movement to repeal DOMA focusing on building Support in Congress

AMERICAblog Gay
December 11, 2009
Rep. Jerrold Nadler has said that sponsorship of a bill to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act will not occur in Congress next year. Instead, he said, efforts will be focused on building support on the issue. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Democrats: If You Are NOT on This List Then Not One Penny!

DavidMixner.com
October 19, 2009
David Mixner compiles a list of all of the congressional supporters of the Respect for Marriage Act and calls for the LGBT community to withhold money from those who are not on the list: "Every Democrat must join this list and we must remain firm to not contribute to anyone who doesn't support this effort to repeal DOMA....even our friends." [Link]

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President Obama’s Maine Chance to Make the Case

Huffington Post
October 7, 2009

Evan Wolfson writes:
"When President Obama speaks to gay and non-gay supporters of equality at the Human Rights Campaign's dinner this Saturday, he has a lot of ground to cover...By ground to cover, I mean that President Obama has the opportunity -- and I believe the obligation -- to speak in moral as well as concrete terms about non-gay people's stake in ending the exclusion and discrimination gay people endure. President Obama should not just talk about his general support for equality, and even just specific items he is working on, but, in addition, needs to make the case as to why Americans must continue evolving in support of fairness and freedom, and why anti-gay discrimination must end...

President Obama has the perfect context in which to make that case: a clear and unequivocal call on the people of Maine to vote no in November on the anti-gay ballot measure aimed at undoing the freedom to marry enacted earlier this year."
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No on 1/Protect Maine Equality needs your help today!

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California Democrats Target DOMA

McClatchy Newspapers
October 2, 2009
The idea of repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is gaining plenty of momentum among California Democrats. In the House, 22 of them -- including Sacramento's Doris Matsui -- are among the 97 co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) introduced two weeks ago by New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler that would dump DOMA. [Link]

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Sends Letter to Congress Supporting the Respect for Ma

Office of Mssachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
September 25, 2009
The Respect for Marriage Act, which is sponsored by Congressmen Jerrold Nadler of New York and has 91 co-sponsors, seeks to fully repeal all three sections of DOMA, including Section 3 which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and is currently the subject of a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Coakley’s Office in July 2009. “I applaud the legislative efforts to take direct action to repeal DOMA and fully support this bill because it addresses the failings of the law head-on." [Link]

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Voice for Equality: David Hoffman

David Hoffman served as Chicago's Inspector General from October, 2005 until August, 2009, when he resigned from his Inspector General post to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Roland Burris. He joined a thin field of Democratic candidates pursuing the seat including Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson. The likely GOP candidate will be Mark Kirk. To learn more [Link]

On September 21, 2009, Hoffman's office issued the following statement in support of marriage equality to the Chicago Tribune:

David Hoffman does not believe the government should intrude or discriminate on the question of who people decide to marry and spend the rest of their lives together. It's an issue of equality and fundamental fairness and all people -- regardless of sexual orientation -- should be provided the same protection under the law.

David also supports the Respect for Marriage Act bill to repeal DOMA. As a matter of constitutional law, a contract entered into in one state should be honored by all states. Just as the sanctity of opposite sex marriages in a state are honored by other states, so should the marriages of same sex couples. Without this protection, opposite sex couples can file a joint tax form and receive a tax benefit. Under present law, same sex couples can't. That's wrong. It's discrimination. And the bill to repeal the law should be adopted by congress and signed into law by President Obama, who supports the measure. [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes David Hoffman as a Voice for Equality!

If you're inspired by Mr. Hoffman's support...why not get involved? Link to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality to find out how you can help with the vital work of preserving marriage equality in Maine!

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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