First-Ever DOMA Hearing This Wednesday
By Dan Rafter, Human Rights Campaign
July 18th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
This Wednesday, 15 years after passage of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first-ever hearing on the bill that relegates loving, committed same-sex couples to second-class status. HRC President Joe Solmonese will be on the Hill to testify. He’ll be sharing stories of those who have had their lives adversely impacted by DOMA. Share your story now.
A May Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans supported full marriage equality. As momentum for equality grows, fair-minded leaders in the House and Senate have introduced the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill repeals DOMA and restores the rights of lawfully married couples to receive all the benefits of marriage. Learn more about the Respect for Marriage Act.
DOMA denies same-sex couples more than 1,100 federal rights, benefits, and responsibilities of marriage. As more states support marriage equality, DOMA’s archaic roots are increasingly seen for what they really are – blatant discrimination against same-sex couples.