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HRC Delivers 135,000 Petitions to Senate Demanding DOMA Repeal

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

UPDATE: On November 10, one day after HRC delivered its 135,000 petition signatures, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Respect for Marriage Act along a party line vote.

Original post: Today, HRC delivered 135,000 petition signatures to Senate offices showing the groundswell of public support for repeal of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The petitions come just one day before the Senate Judiciary Committee will likely hold a markup of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), the bill that would repeal DOMA and end federal marriage discrimination.

Thanks to you, we demolished our goal of 50,000 signatures.  This is even more proof that the American people are sick and tired of the federal government discriminating against loving and committed couples, and forcing second class citizenship on a group of Americans.  According to a March 2011 poll by HRC and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 51 percent of voters oppose DOMA while only 34 percent favor it. 

HRC also released a letter today to Senate Judiciary Committee members from a bipartisan group of Governors and Mayors in marriage equality states calling for repeal of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Signatories to the letter include: Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island; Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York; Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut; Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland; Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont; Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, NY; Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. of New Haven, CT; Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, CT; Mayor Vincent C. Gray of Washington, DC; Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, CA; Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, MA; Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego, CA; Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, CT; and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, CA.  California Gov. Jerry Brown – whose state recognizes a limited amount of same-sex couples married before the passage of Prop 8 – submitted a separate letter to the committee in support of the RMA.

As the Governors and Mayors write in the letter, “[t]he federal government should not be in the business of picking which marriages it likes and which it does not, but that is exactly what DOMA does.  We urge you to pass the Respect for Marriage Act and ensure that all families are afforded equal protections and equal dignity.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold the markup tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

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