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:
- Read PFLAG’s Testimony. Learn how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) adversely impacts American families by reading our written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Watch It Live. Watch this hearing live by visiting the Senate Judiciary Committee’s homepage at 10am (est) by clicking here: http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=3d9031b47812de2592c3baeba620f0e6.
- Contact Your Senators. Call your Senators today and urge them to support the repeal of DOMA by cosponsoring S. 598, the Respect for Marriage Act today. You can locate and contact your Senators by typing in your zip code after clicking here: http://capwiz.com/pflag/home/.
Please take action today and help move equality forward for all of our families!