Freedom to Marry Applauds President Obama’s Endorsement of Respect for Marriage Act
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
(Washington, DC, July 19, 2011) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, on President Obama’s announcement of support for the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Nadler (D-NY) to repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act”:
“Freedom to Marry applauds President Obama's strong endorsement of the Respect for Marriage Act and the repeal of so-called ‘DOMA.’ The federal government should not be picking and choosing which marriages it will honor and which it will disregard when it comes to the important federal protections that come with marriage, such as Social Security, health coverage, fair tax treatment, and immigration rights. Congress should follow the President's lead and return the federal government to its traditional practice of honoring all lawful marriages equally – without the 'gay exception' of DOMA.”
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.