More than 3,000 people have signed on to a petition urging Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to co-sponsor a bill that would seek to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
A petition with more than 3,000 signatures is expected to be delivered today to the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, urging her to sign on as a co-sponsor of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of the national Freedom to Marry organization, said the dispute “Highlights how unfair marriage discrimination is, adding to tensions and bad actions even within families.” And DOMA, he says, “gives those who would tear families apart an extra weapon to use even if the weapon itself is not appropriate.”
The senior U.S. senator from Maryland is facing increasing pressure to sign on as a co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act amid plans to win marriage equality in her state in 2012.
With the first marriages in New York, the attendant ocean of joy and sense of turning-point experienced by gay and non-gay people alike across the country, and the first-ever congressional hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act (the bill to repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act) all in the past few weeks, the freedom to marry proved the one major topic to break through the gloomy and terrifying debt ceiling and get people talking.
“What is particularly unsatisfying is that the president is making these arguments at a time when we strongly suspect he knows otherwise,” Wolfson continued.” I do not think this president should be invoking states’ rights as a way to avoid saying that denying the freedom to marry is wrong. It rings inauthentic and untrue and is a jarring false note in his public posture, particularly in light of the recent actions of his administration.”
"It is easy to get caught up -- and I often do -- in the legal cases and political debates surrounding same-sex marriage. Tracking those cases and debates is important. But, as people like Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders's Mary Bonauto and others constantly remind anyone who will listen, the change we are seeing is, at the end of this personal and societal evolution, about the couples themselves and their families."
Last week, at the first-ever congressional hearing on the repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), some of the more interesting statements given in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples came from Senators who, 15 years ago, voted in favor of DOMA.
In a new polling memo intended to shape politicians' decisions on the question of same-sex marriage, the top pollsters for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama jointly argue that support for same-sex marriage is increasingly safe political ground and will in future years begin to "dominate" the political landscape.
Hundreds of same-sex couples married in New York on Sunday (July 24), the first day they could legally do so. And just as the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969 gave a lift to the nascent movement for equal rights for gays across the country, marriage equality in the Empire State appears to be giving a boost to marriage equality efforts outside its borders.
Jacqueline Cabrera and Gabrielle Harmon of Elmhurst, Queens are getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together. They will get married next Saturday in Central Park near Columbus Circle.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated on Thursday he wouldn’t bring to a vote before the House legislation pending before Congress that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Two prominent voices in the LGBT rights movement — Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese and Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson — will be among the witnesses who’ll testify at an upcoming Senate hearing on repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Instead of being "worried about alienating voters," Obama's campaign "should be worried about energizing voters," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a national organization in favor of same-sex marriage.
President Barack Obama’s Justice Department hit one out of the ballpark with the powerful, historic brief filed July 1 in one of the many court challenges to the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.”
New York is such a powerful stage,” says Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of the national gay-rights advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “It’s a powerful opportunity that is going to ripple through the country and the world.”
Evan Wolfson, a Squirrel Hill native, was named by Time magazine in 2004 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his work as founder and president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. But in his home state, same-sex marriage is still a long way off.
Couples may marry for love, but the partnership is also an economic one. And now that New York has become the sixth state to perform same-sex marriage, couples who tie the knot here will gain a variety of financial benefits and legal rights.
President Obama heads to New York City Thursday evening to host a gala with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as advocates are frustrated he hasn't endorsed gay marriage and New York state takes up a key vote on the issue