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."
No on 1/Protect Maine Equality needs your help today!
Postedon Oct 05, 2009 at 09:09 am
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]
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Sends Letter to Congress Supporting the Respect for Ma
Postedon Sep 30, 2009 at 01:10 pm
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]
Postedon Sep 30, 2009 at 10:00 am
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]
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!
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Postedon Sep 29, 2009 at 10:00 am
I long ago recognized and acknowledged the mistake I made, and I have spent time understanding the problems in my thinking and analysis. It has resulted in frank and important conversations with many gay and lesbian friends, and if anything it has strengthened my commitment to the cause of banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and has made me a better lawmaker. I will work to make sure that my colleagues who once, for whatever reason, joined me in supporting this ill-advised measure [the Defense of Marriage Act] take this opportunity to correct their record and eliminate an injustice. [Link]
If you're inspired by Congressman Blumenauer's words and 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!