Postedon Jul 09, 2010 at 11:25 am
On Thursday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and sponsor of House legislation to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), cheered the federal circuit court decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for the purposes of federal law.
Nadler, the author of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, renewed his call for the immediate passage of his legislation.
Postedon Jun 02, 2010 at 09:00 am
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."
Postedon Apr 16, 2010 at 07:08 am
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.
Postedon Apr 15, 2010 at 01:24 pm
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.
Postedon Mar 09, 2010 at 10:17 am
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.
Postedon Dec 11, 2009 at 12:34 pm
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]
Postedon Oct 20, 2009 at 11:07 am
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]
Postedon Oct 08, 2009 at 08:08 am
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...(Link)
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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