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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

By Charlotte Robinson, June 26, 2013

Marriage Equality USA has announced nationwide rallies marking the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to end the so-called Defense of Marriage Act’s exclusion of lesbian & gay couples from the over 1,100 federal protections and rights that come with marriage. Cathy Marino-Thomas, Marriage Equality USA’s Board Co-President stated, “My wife Sheila, our daughter Jacqueline & I are overjoyed that we will now have full federal protections for our family, just as any other married family does. For many years, the misnamed ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ has unfairly denied thousands of legally married gay & lesbian couples across the country federal protections in many areas of our lives, such as social security, veterans’ benefits, health care, taxes & immigration. Marriage Equality USA is very pleased that this discrimination is finally coming to an end.” Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA’s Executive Director added, “It’s hard to overstate the importance of today’s Supreme Court decision on the day to day lives of married gay & lesbian couples. These couples will no longer be denied extremely important protections, such as the Family Medical Leave Act, that all other married couples have. Marriage Equality USA will continue to empower gay & lesbian couples & their friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers to share the truth of their lives so that we gain the freedom to marry in every state in the country. Many of our volunteers and leaders actively participated in making the freedom to marry a reality in Rhode Island, Delaware & Minnesota earlier this year. Our work won’t end until we have full nationwide equality for every American.” Updates to Come…:)

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