Defense Appropriations Bill Reinforces Need for Repeal of DOMA

7/8/2011

Press Contact:

Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
917-620-4502

(New York, NY, July 8, 2011) – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill with amendments that reaffirmed the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA).  Below is a statement from Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide:

“A majority of Americans support the freedom to marry and yet today the House of Representatives chose to play political games rather than heed the will of the people it represents.  The Defense Appropriations Bill as it stands irresponsibly restates the discriminatory so-called Defense of Marriage Act in a bill that's supposed to be about supporting our Armed Forces. These amendments deepen and entangle the military and federal government in discriminatory policies that harm families of service personnel and others.  We now call on the Senate to drop this discriminatory language and focus its work on protecting our Nation's defense and supporting our Armed Services.”

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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.