Freedom to Marry and HRC release issue brief on how DOMA harms children

Today Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign released an issue brief documenting the harms of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act on the children of gay and lesbian parents. The brief summarizes part of a larger report co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress, and Family Equality Council, which was released last month.

“Marriage provides a critical safety-net to loving, committed couples and their families,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry.  “This report confirms that in addition to denying the children of lesbian and gay couples the dignity and respect that marriage brings, DOMA penalizes kids and unjustly deprives them of the concrete protections marriage would bring to them and their families.”

Key findings of the report, “How DOMA Harms Children,” include:
 
  • Children of married gay and lesbian parents don’t have guaranteed access to health insurance from their parents
  • Married same-sex couples cannot access the many federal tax credits and deductions that ease financial costs of parents with children
  • Married gay and lesbian couples can’t file joint federal tax returns and access the potential tax benefits of filing jointly
 
Click here to read the full press release. The issue brief is available here, and the full report, “All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families,” can be viewed here