As some of you may already know, the first ever DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) Repeal Hearing is scheduled for July 20 @ 10 am in Dirksen Senate Building, Room 226 (1st & C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20510) . Members from the Senate Judiciary Committee plan to assess the impact of DOMA on American families. They will also address proposed legislation S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein that currently has 27 co-sponsors and would effectively repeal DOMA by allowing the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to married same-sex couples living in the 6 states (and the District of Columbia) that recognize marriage equality.
It’s our goal to pack the room with as many LGBT individuals, families and allies as possible. In order to accomplish this goal, there are a few things you can do to help ensure a successful hearing:
- Make History. If you live in or around Washington, DC, please make history and attend this historic Senate Hearing. We will have free PFLAG materials available and plenty of “Dump DOMA” stickers for you to showcase your PFLAG pride. Please contact Rhodes Perry at PFLAG National, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5pm EST Friday if you plan to attend. He will provide specific instructions for attendance.
- Spread the Word. Please send this notice to your family, friends and colleagues and invite everyone you know in Washington, DC to attend the hearing at 10 am on July 20. The meeting is open to the public, and everyone is highly encouraged to attend.
- Share your Story. We are seeking same-sex couples who are validly married in any state (or DC) in the U.S. and who have experienced some harm due to the federal government’s failure to recognize their marriage. This harm could be anything from increased tax burdens to denial of Social Security benefits. If you know of any families who fit this description, please contact Rhodes Perry, email@example.com.