Over DOMA? Tell Senator Nelson to Support the Respect for Marriage Act

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Posted on September 15, 2011 - 4:48pm by Anonymous.

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Tell Senator Bill Nelson to join his colleagues by signing on as a co-sponsor for the Respect for Marriage Act

The path to full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples has been challenging and exhilarating and finally we've reached a tipping point moment.

Public opinion has shifted dramatically in the direction of equality. More Americans from both sides of aisle and across religious traditions are recognizing the importance of marriage equality. However, one of the biggest obstacles that remains is the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Passed 15 years ago, DOMA bars the federal government from recognizng legally married gay and lesbian couples and allows individual states to do the same.

But there is good news. The Obama administration's Department of Justice now refuses to enforce portions of DOMA that have been deemed unconstitutional and addition legal challenges will likely deal more crucial blows to this law that denies couples the 1,138 federal protections that come with marriage.

While those legal developments unfold there is a step that each of us can take right now to end DOMA for good. The Respect for Marriage Act has been introduced into Congress to repeal DOMA. President Obama supports it, the bill has 120 cosponsors in the House, and 28 in the Senate, but Senator Bill Nelson has not yet signed on.

Click here to send an e-mail to Senator Nelson and ask him to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act.


Margarita T Gonzalez-Newcomer (not verified) says:

September 15, 2011 - 5:34pm

please support marriage equqlity for Gays & Lesbians.
I am a straight ally for the LGTB community
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Jacob Titterington (not verified) says:

September 15, 2011 - 5:40pm

Senator Nelson,

As a young voter and student of your Alma mater (UF) I implore you to consider supporting the Respect for Marriage Act. Your time in the Senate has shown you to be one of the few moderate voices still left in this country. While I have not agreed with every position you've taken, I've always respected your choices. Your voting record shows not just a personal ideology, but a deep respect and concern for the future of all Floridians.
Your vote for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a step toward equality for all Americans, but it was only a step. The fight for equality is not over. We have finally reached a point where a future with equal rights for all is in sight. I hope you will make decisions that bring us closer to that goal.

Jacob Titterington

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