Tripling of DOMA Defense Cost ‘Unconscionable’



Freedom to Marry Urges House Republican Leaders to Stop Spending Tax Dollars to Defend Discrimination

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

(Washington, DC, October 4, 2011) – Today, following the announcement that House Republican leadership authorized an increase in spending on the defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act from $500,000 to $1.5 million, Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement:

“At a time when Americans are struggling through one of the worst economies in our nation's history, it is shameful that House Republicans are now tripling the spending of tax dollars - including those of gay and lesbian Americans - to defend a discriminatory anti-gay law that makes it even harder for committed gay and lesbian couples to take care of and protect their loved ones.  The so-called Defense of Marriage Act is indefensible, and wasting tax dollars on perpetuating discrimination is unconscionable.”


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.