Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
(Washington, D.C., December 12, 2011)
– Today, following the announcement that the Department of Defense opposes the proposed inclusion of anti-gay amendments in the National Defense Authorization Act
, Evan Wolfson
, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“Anti-gay attacks and infusion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act have no place in legislation designed to support all the brave men and women who fight to defend this nation. Gay and lesbian servicemembers risk their lives every day and Freedom to Marry is pleased to see the Pentagon recognize their service by supporting fair treatment for them on our military bases. We urge Congress to follow the advice of the Defense Department and keep these harmful amendments out of the National Defense Authorization Act.”
A House adopted amendment sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin seeks to prohibit weddings from taking place on military installations and from allowing chaplains and other Defense employees to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples even in states that have the freedom to marry. Another House adopted amendment sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler seeks to reaffirm section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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.