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!
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.
Thanks to a brilliant legal team and to the hard work YOU have done to educate the public about what DOMA is and why it must go, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional! Now we need to make sure it's implemented "with all deliberate speed" by the federal government.Read More
After Courage members chipped in to fund English and Spanish signs to hand out at Prop 8 & DOMA rallies across the country, photos of our signs made nationwide front page newspapers, from Los Angeles to Oshkosh, WI to Tuscaloosa, AL and the front page of NYTimes.com! It's all part of our work to show widespread support for equality, and change hearts and minds on this issue. Click to see a great roundup of front pages at BuzzFeed.Read More
After Courage Campaign was the first to organize members in New Jersey urging Sen. Menendez to support repeal of DOMA, in late December Sen. Menendez agreed to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA. Sen. Menendez also announced his full support for marriage equality in a New Jersey Star-Ledger op-ed. His support brings the number of Senators who support DOMA repeal to 32.Read More
In a 10-8 vote, the Sen. Judiciary Committee voted to repeal DOMA. Courage Campaign members played a role in rounding up the last few votes to make a majority in support of repeal.Read More
After Courage Campaign, Equality Maryland, Freedom to Marry and 3,000 Marylanders called on Sen. Mikulski to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, and our staff delivered signatures to her office amid Hurricane Irene, Sen. Mikulski became the 30th Senator to support Sen. Feinstein's bill. This puts us halfway to the 60 votes we need in the U.S. Senate.Read More
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!