Friday, October 28, 2011

DOMA Up For Repeal Next Week In Congress

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California Senator Diane Feinstien's (D) bill to repeal DOMA, in accordance with the wishes of President Obama, will come before the Judiciary Committee this next Thursday, November 3.

The committee will debate whether to recognize homosexual "marriages" under federal law, at the same time eliminating protections for states that do not recognize homosexual "marriages."

There are 10 Democrats on the 18-member committee. Each of the 10 not only support Feinstien's bill, but are co-sponsors.

Quite honestly, it is inconceivable to me that this bill could ever pass the House of Representatives, thanks to your vote in last November's election. House Speaker John Boehner (R) has never wavered on marriage, nor will he this time. The House will kill this bill, even if it passes the Senate.

However, this is an appropriate time to send the committee members a message, including those Republicans who defend marriage.

I have listed the names of the committee, with a sample or suggested letter or email message.

The following Senators should hear from you, regardless of their Party affiliation:

Jeff Sessions (R) Alabama
Jon Kyl (R) Arizona
Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut
Christopher Coons (D) Delaware
Chuck Grassley (R) Iowa
Richard Durbin (D) Illinois
Amy Klobuchar (D) Minnesota
Charles Schumer (D) New York
Tom Coburn (R) Oklahoma
Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Rhode Island
Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina
John Cornyn (R) Texas
Orrin Hatch (R) Utah
Mike Lee (R) Utah
Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont
Herb Kohl (D) Wisconsin
Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky

We should also affirm our support of marriage to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) Ohio

The following is a letter that National Organization for Marriage has suggested. You can use it as a guide or as is.


I am writing to urge you to oppose Sen. Feinstein's bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee (S.598).

The Defense of Marriage Act represents the clear will of the American people, protecting the right of states from coast to coast to recognize marriage as the union of a husband and wife.

The American people have clearly spoken when it comes to marriage, rejecting same-sex marriage in all 31 states where the question has been put to the ballot. Legislators in 13 additional states have done the same thing.

Like the vast majority of Americans, I believe marriage is the union of a husband and a wife. I do not want activist judges to take away our right to define marriage . . . or to redefine marriage so that schoolchildren are taught that their parents are bigots.

Please protect DOMA and defend the rights of states to protect marriage as the union of a husband and wife. I urge you to oppose S.598 and instead work to ensure that the rights of American voters are respected, and that marriage remains the union of one man and one woman.

Thank you.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. It is very unfortunate that this country still has a lot to catch up with other nations when comes to this equality rights, how about given the same rights to Gay community? have you all people ever stopped and thought that LGBT groups is not a threat to society at all? How can you deny the right of beloved couples with their family the right to protect them and be recognized from the federal government prospect.

    Perhaps, society it is not ready to accept GAY MARRIAGE, but what I don't get is why deny it when most likely you inside your friendship network there is a carrying and loving person who happens to be gay and are not a threat to you inside your social network, and believe me everyone one knows a gay person or a friend of one at least. Whether repeal DOMA is a big threat to society, let at least give the normal equal rights to those LGBT couples, and start accepting them as who them are, in other words, they are not going to change from being homosexual to heterosexual, and you all know that. STOP with this discrimination and wake up to the real WORLD, we don't live in the 50s or 60s anymore, the world has being evolving really fast and USA is a kind of falling behind with that one.
    Sadly, Things don't change in traditional minds and it is even sad to know that equality is just a Word into Aurelio dictionary and 40 States in this country still haven't learned the meaning of it, perhaps, re-educating and give them a lesson of All humans are equal and it doesn't matter whether they are, gay, straight, with color or religion. PLEASE, EVERYONE why don't we get along with each other and live behind our differences and hold hands to get to a better future?
    LOVE is BETTER than hate, don't you all agree?

  2. I’m no longer astounded when conservative Christians are willing to betray their own supposed “values” in order to keep gay Americans from being treated equally. I’ve had conservatives say to me, “Why do you insist on getting married? Why do you need a piece of paper to validate your relationship?” Then I have to explain to these supposed “marriage supporters” why marriage is important for families and so much more than a piece of paper… Ugh.

    And now we have DOMA, a law born out of pure bias that indirectly removes the right of the states to choose who can marry and who cannot. For the first time ever, the federal government is targeting a group of people who are legally married and saying, “We don’t care what your state says; we’re going to ignore your marriage.” Ugh again.

    And, then there is the quintessential American value of freedom, which so many conservatives (this blog included) proclaim as the biggest value of all. Why do they get so bothered when two women want to marry? Should we not be free to choose what we know to be best for themselves? The only arguments against it are religious… So, in the world of these faux conservatives we are free, so long as we live within the confines of their religious values. Many Middle Eastern countries enjoy this type of theocracy… er, I mean “freedom.”

    It seems those that wave the flag the most are those who are the most willing to betray what she stands for.

  3. 2:25 Are you saying the "flag" stands for re-defining marriage?

  4. Marriage already includes same sex cosigners in several jurisdictions.. I think you are confusing the civil contract with the religious rite - they aren't the same thing.

    As for Respect of Marriage Act I am a bit surprised they are trying to remove section 2 of DOMA. Section 3 is obviously unconstitutional - the feds can't pick and choose which 100% valid state licensed contracts they are going to pay attention to or not.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    it might be political - to give 'something to lose' in negotiation. Or it might be to force a judicial review that would find section 3 unconstitutional in the process.

  5. @3:03

    Really? What a silly response. Read it again.

    I'm not saying the "flag" stands for re-defining marriage... But since you asked, I do believe that DOMA violates the Constitution.

  6. Marriage has always been discriminatory in many ways--can't marry sisters or brothers or parents can't marry a child, etc. If you had across the board gay marriage, you still would not have marriage equality. Then what?

  7. You don't understand why it's marriage equality.

    About half of citizens can license with their husband, the other half can with their wife. Marriage equality is about all citizens being able to do what some citizens can already do.

    Your examples are things that no citizens can do and so they are already being treated equally.

    Equal treatment for all citizens, that's all that's being asked.

  8. Anon @4:34...

    You are right. Marriage is not a free-for-all, nor should it be. But using your logic, we would have never lifted the racial barrier in marriage either. After all, once we removed the race restrictions, we still didn't feel compelled to open marriage up to children and/or relatives. So why did we do it, and why should we similarly remove the gender restriction?

    The reason is that we now know that gay people actually exist and (despite the protests from conservatives) they are not mentally ill and/or morally deficient straight people, which was the prevailing belief through most of the 20th century.

    No, gay people are simply that: gay. For whatever reason, a consistent minority of the population has a reverse sexual orientation from the rest of their gender. And they are happiest and healthiest when they can find love and build stable families -- surprise, just like everyone else.

    There are external reasons why other restrictions on marriage should remain, such as in the case of children and/or relatives. There are obviously genetic issues to consider, as well as consent and influence issues with minorities. These issues are good reasons to keep these restrictions in place, but they have nothing to do with same-sex couples marrying.

  9. 7:07pm

    Well said and well reasoned, my friend.


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