Administration Statement on National Defense Authorization Act Reinforces Need for DOMA Repeal


Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, May 24, 2011) – In its Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Obama Administration today stated that “The Administration strongly objects to sections 534 and 535, believes that section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory, and supports DOMA’s repeal."

Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, President and Founder of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide:

“It’s irresponsible political gamesmanship for the House Armed Services Committee to try to shove a restatement, indeed an expansion, of the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act into a bill that's supposed to be about protecting our nation’s security.  Freedom to Marry applauds the White House for its strong objections to these anti-gay provisions, and for reiterating its call for repealing DOMA.  The House of Representatives should heed the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry and favor DOMA's overturning, drop this discriminatory language, and focus its work on making our country stronger and safer.”

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.