Among the steps we have not yet taken is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe it’s discriminatory, I think it interferes with states’ rights, and we will work with Congress to overturn it. –President Obama, June 17, 2009
Our Allies at People For the American Way are calling the bluff:
Tonight, President Obama announced that he is moving administratively to provide some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. This is a very small step in the right direction, but it’s really just a token, and tokens are no longer enough. What stands in the way of real progress for all same-sex couples is DOMA, which denies the most important benefits — healthcare, retirement, health insurance and more — to anyone but “spouses” under DOMA’s definition of marriage (ie. married heterosexual couples).
And sadly, the administration has not lived up to the president’s earlier calls to repeal DOMA.
On Friday, the Justice Department filed a legal brief in which it went far above and beyond simply defending DOMA as a federal policy against a court challenge. The brief cited laws regarding incest … it called DOMA a policy of government “neutrality” (which it is clearly anything but) … and it justified the government’s continued discrimination on the basis that it’s cheaper than expanding fundamental rights and protections.
There is no defense for the Defense of Marriage Act. Help spread the word that less unequal is still unequal — help get others to sign the petition at www.DumpDOMA.com.
Have you told your members of Congress and President Obama lately how you feel about DOMA? Tell them we are through with waiting. DUMP DOMA. We are through with crumbs. DUMP DOMA. We are through being the gAyTM. DUMP DOMA!