Repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA)
In July of 2010, nearly 35,000 Courage Campaign members petitioned President Obama to direct the DOJ to not appeal a ruling against the DOMA. In March of 2011, Sen. Feinstein introduced the Respect for Marriage Act to end DOMA and asked Courage Campaign members to join her. Over 60,000 members joined and over the next year, Courage Campaign staff and members won the sponsorship of 14 additional Senators, resulting in historic Senate Judiciary Committee passage. In July 2011, over 25,000 Courage Campaign members petitioned President Obama to endorse the bill. In a rare move, Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President’s formal endorsement. Now that the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, our mission is to end Section 2, so the legal marriages of same-sex couples -- and accompanying rights -- are recognized in every state.
Now that marriage is legal in 3 additional states, we need to Dump DOMA so these impending newlyweds have the 1,138 federal rights they deserve. Sign up for our campaign!
In the last month, over 100 members have signed up as monthly donors to help Dump DOMA for as little as $5/month. Join them and you'll receive this free Dump DOMA button!
30 Senators support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, but Sen. Casey isn't one of them. Sign our open letter to Sen. Casey asking him to support DOMA repeal!
Courage Campaign, along with Equality Maryland and Freedom to Marry, penned a letter to Sen. Mikulski, noting how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) impacts same-sex Maryland couples and calling on her to join Sen. Cardin in co-sponsoring Sen. Feinstein's bill, the Respect for Marriage Act, to repeal DOMA. Sign in support!
On July 20th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Sen. Feinstein's Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA). If you have a story about the damage DOMA has caused to you, your family or your community, tell it here.