US Senate to Address Gay Marriage
On Thursday the Respect for Marriage Act is scheduled in the US Senate for mark-up. This is the act that would put an end to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It's amazing that DOMA has been found unconstitutional numerous times in Federal Court & yet our LGBT families continue to be discriminated against by this dated act. We have a chance in the Senate & less of a chance in the the House. Last week the GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) filed a brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Boston defending an earlier court ruling finding the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" unconstitutional. GLAD’s brief was in answer to an appeal brief filed by BLAG (Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Reps) defending the law. Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Director for GLAD stated, "BLAG doesn’t seem to understand that our plaintiffs are already married. They keep arguing against the right to marry & raising issues about why same-gender couples should be denied government marriage licenses. But the federal government doesn’t issue marriage licenses; states do & Massachusetts did. As a result, BLAG fails to justify why the Congress singled out one group of married people & denied them alone the same federal rights & responsibilities available to all other married people."
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