Americans Agree: It’s Time to Strike Down DOMA
March 28, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
HRC captured some of the first-hand accounts of those gathered in front of the Supreme Court yesterday while the Justices heard oral arguments in the Windsor v. United States case against Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
Currently under DOMA, there are more than 1,138 federal rights, benefits and protections based on marital status that are denied to lawfully-married same-sex couples. These include access to Social Security and tax benefits, family and medical leave, immigration rights, federal health coverage and much more. Exclusion from these benefits not only affects the partners within these unions, but the hundreds of thousands children being raised across the country by same-sex couples.
The majority of Americans -- 58 percent -- support loving, committed same-sex couples. Momentum for marriage equality has never been greater.
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