National Campaign Director Marc Solomon discusses DOMA ruling on ‘Democracy Now!’
Jun 01, 2012 at 01:30 pm
This morning, Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon appeared on Democracy Now!, a leading, national independent news program, to discuss yesterday's ruling from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals that DOMA is unconstitutional.
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman questioned Solomon for information about recent developments in the movement to overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing marriages between same-sex couples. Yesterday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling that DOMA's Section 3, which defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
Solomon explained the importance of the ruling:
It's very significant to have a three-judge panel unanimously rule that there are no first-class and second-class marriages and that it's really up to the states to determine who is married, and the federal government needs to respect those marriages that take place in the states.
Goodman and Solomon went on to talk about President Obama's announcement from 2011 that the Department of Justice would stop defending DOMA; Mitt Romney's stated opposition to the freedom to marry; and how the marriage movement operates in the LGBT community. He explained:
Marriage is important to gay and lesbian couples across the economic and racial/ethnic spheres. And it's really something that I've seen capture the imagination and the passion of the gay community in a way that nothing else has, because it really is a matter of being respected by their government, being treated equally by their government, across the board.