Earlier today, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and John Conyers (D-MI), announced the re-introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, for the first time ever, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate. This groundbreaking legislation would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that discriminates against lawfully married same-sex couples by selectively denying these couples over 1,100 federal benefits.
PFLAG National applauds the introduction of this historic legislation to repeal DOMA. As we continue to educate and advocate on behalf of our LGBT family and friends, we are proud to highlight the power of our work by sharing new polling data that finds 51 percent of American voters oppose the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), while only 34 percent favor it. Additionally, independent voters, who were instrumental in the Republican House takeover, oppose this law by a 52 percent to 34 percent margin.
As we continue to advocate for the passage of this legislation in D.C., we need your help to bring the message home by expressing your strong support for the Respect for Marriage Act. Please take a few moments today by calling your Senators and Representative and urge them to support this legislation today. You can reach your Congress Members by calling 202-224-3121. Thank you for helping us move equality forward.