Nearly 3,000 Marylanders ask Senator Mikulski to support DOMA repeal
August 26, 2011
Today, Freedom to Marry along with Courage Campaign and Equality Maryland will deliver nearly 3,00 signatures to Senator Barbara Mikulski in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. The signatures are part of a joint campaign launched two weeks ago, in which thousands of Marylanders have taken action in support of repealing DOMA.
The signatures a variety of constituents from around Maryland, which will likely consider a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to committed same-sex couples in the state in 2012. Currently, Maryland honors the marriages of same-sex couples married out of state, but those couples are still harmed by federal marriage discrimination under DOMA. Mikulski's colleague Senator Cardin has already signed on as a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act.
Today's delivery is just one component of Freedom to Marry's rapidly growing federal program which was launched earlier this year. Our federal team is solely focused on building support for repealing DOMA and ensuring that the voices of the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry are heard on Capitol Hill. You can read the joint release from our three organizations here.
Stay tuned for updates from our Federal Director Jo Deutsch as she drops off the signatures at Senator Mikulski's office this afternoon! And in the meantime, take the opportunity to ask your Senator to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.
UPDATE: 3:40 PM EST
Our Federal Director Jo Deutsch and Courage Campaign's Director of Online Programs Adam Bink just dropped off 70+ pages of petition signatures to Senator Mikulski's office in Baltimore. Here's Jo pictured with a member of Mikulski's staff: