For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
NOW Supports Legislation to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act
Statement of NOW Executive Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer
WASHINGTON - The National Organization for Women is proud
to stand with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in support of legislation to
repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- a discriminatory law that
is deceptive and harmful. Under DOMA, same-sex couples who legally wed
are still denied federal marriage benefits, and other states may refuse
to recognize their unions. NOW thanks Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for cosponsoring this important legislation.
Loving couples and their families deserve the
same recognition and legal protection as their neighbors. NOW applauds
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Maine for legalizing
Last month, the Obama Administration strongly
denounced and defended DOMA, placing itself in a neutral position and
forcing Congress to take up the fight.
Rep. Nadler is doing what the Obama
administration has failed to do: take a hard line on DOMA and say
discrimination and bigotry do not belong in the law. The right to marry
has been recognized by the Supreme Court as a fundamental right under
the U.S. Constitution. DOMA singles out a group of people and
categorizes them as second-class citizens. NOW urges Congress to
support this bill and remove one more barrier to fulfilling the promise
of equality and justice for all.
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