Tuesday, July 19, 2011

UPDATE: Location Change for Tomorrow’s 10 am DOMA Repeal Hearing

Since so many of you have already RSVPed for the first ever DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) Repeal Hearing, please note the location for tomorrow’s event is now scheduled for July 20 @ 10 am in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 (2nd & C Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002). We view this location change as a very positive sign that many supporters of DOMA repeal, including PFLAG members, LGBT individuals, their families and their allies are planning to attend this historic hearing!

As many of you know, members from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plan to assess the impact of DOMA on American families at tomorrow’s hearing. 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 legislation 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.

Again, we ask you to please ensure a successful hearing by taking the following action:

· Make History. If you live in or around Washington, DC, please make history by attending this historic Senate Hearing. We will have free PFLAG materials available for you to showcase your support for equality. Please contact Rhodes Perry at PFLAG National, rperry@pflag.org, 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 tomorrow’s hearing at 10 am, 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, rperry@pflag.org.

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

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