He said he would decide… but when?

Last Monday, our Federal Director Jo Deutsch along with Courage Campaign, Marriage Equality Rhode Island, and Ocean State Action delivered hundreds of signatures to Senator Jack Reed's office in support of the Respect for Marriage Act. We've heard from Rhode Islanders all over the state who want their senior Senator to join the rest of the RI Congressional delegation in supporting the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and nearly a month ago, Senator Reed said he would decide "very quickly" whether or not to respond. But it's been 10 days since we dropped off the signatures at his office and still no word if Senator Reed will be the 32nd Senator to support this crucial legislation.

So we're stepping it up to make sure that there's no doubt in the Senator's mind that his constituents overwhelmingly want to see an end to federal marriage discrimination. Our members in Rhode Island have been calling Senator Reed's office all day, and we know that they won't stop until the Senator finally announces his support.

Below is the email that went out from Marc Solomon, our National Campaign Director, to Freedom to Marry supporters in Rhode Island this morning. If you're in Rhode Island, dial 401-943-3100 now and ask Senator Reed to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

From: Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry
Date: Wed, Oct 26 at 10:30 AM
Subject: Call Sen. Reed: Dump DOMA 

Hey Cameron,

I wanted to give you an update on our campaign to get Sen. Jack Reed to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

Last week, Freedom to Marry’s Federal Director Jo Deutsch and Courage Campaign’s Adam Bink delivered hundreds of signatures from folks like you in Rhode Island calling on Sen. Reed to cosponsor the bill, which will overturn DOMA. Sen. Reed told reporters nearly a month ago that he would decide “very quickly” if he will cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.

But we’re still waiting.

Sen. Reed promised that he would give careful consideration and respond to the outpouring of constituents who have asked him to support DOMA repeal. Since telling reporters that he would make a decision quickly, Sen. Reed has been silent.

Will you call his office and ask him to support the Respect for Marriage Act now? Call Senator Reed’s office now and then click here to tell us how it went.

1.) Dial: 401-943-3100

2.) Say: My name is [FIRST NAME] and I live in [CITY NAME]. I'm calling to urge Senator Reed to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act. He promised that he would make a decision on this critical bill quickly. DOMA is harming families across Rhode Island, and I urge him to announce his support now for the bill that will repeal this harmful law once and for all.

3.) Tell us how the call went.

With your help, we’ve already demonstrated to Senator Reed that his constituents overwhelmingly support ending federal marriage discrimination.

By making this call today, you’ll show that dedicated, fair-minded Rhode Islanders won’t stop fighting until DOMA is overturned once and for all.

Dial 401-943-3100 and ask Senator Reed to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act. Then let us know how it went.

I’m proud to know that we can always count on you to make the case for marriage in Rhode Island and across the country,

Marc Solomon
National Campaign Director?
Freedom to Marry