Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Senate Hosts Historic Hearing Assessing DOMA’s Impact on American Families

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee hosts the first ever DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) Repeal Hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 am (est) in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 (2nd & 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. The bill 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.

We expect a packed hearing room full of PFLAG members, LGBT individuals their families and allies all showcasing their support to dump DOMA and pass the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598). 

Even if you can’t join the hearing in person, there are several things you can do to support this historic event:

Please take action today and help move equality forward for all of our families!