For Immediate Release

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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
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Legislation to Dump DOMA Introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON - Legislation to repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA)
was introduced in the House of Representatives today by Congressman
Jerrold Nadler of New York.  People For the American Way President
Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement:

“The introduction of legislation to repeal DOMA is a necessary step
in the direction of fairness and equality for all Americans.  It’s long
past time to get rid of laws designed specifically to discriminate
against same-sex couples.  In states like Massachusetts, Connecticut,
and Vermont, same-sex couples who are legally married are being denied
federal protections that their neighbors take for granted, and that
causes real harm.  Americans don’t want to hurt their friends and
neighbors, but that’s exactly what DOMA does. 

“As Congress continues to progress in passing legislation outlawing
hate crimes, workplace discrimination and ending 'Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell,’ it should also move as soon as possible to repeal DOMA so that
LGBT Americans are afforded equality in America. 

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