After over 25,000 of you signed a petition to President Obama asking him to endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President will endorse the bill! This — the White House endorsing legislation that has yet to pass either house of Congress — is extremely rare, and marks the urgency with which the President wants to see DOMA erased forever.
Can you make a contribution today so we can press more senators to follow Obama’s lead and endorse the Respect of Marriage Act? Tens of thousands of same-sex couples are depending on it.
“We are delighted that today, on the eve of a historic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, President Obama endorsed the Respect for Marriage Act,” said Rick Jacob, Courage Campaign Chair.
“It is rare that a White House endorses a bill that has yet to pass first in either the Senate or the House. President Obama’s decision to do so underscores the urgency with which the Defense of Marriage Act must be repealed.
“His support makes clear to all Americans that the Defense of Marriage Act has no place in our society.”
Earlier this month, over 25,000 Courage Campaign members signed a letter asking the President to support this legislation. At a White House reception on June 29, the President indicated to me that he would endorse the bill. His exact words to me were, “I support repeal of DOMA. You know where I stand.”
This morning, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, called me referring to my conversation with the president to say that today was the day and that Jay Carney would announce the White House’s support for the bill. The members of the Courage Campaign are thrilled.
Tomorrow is the first-ever Congressional hearing on whether to repeal DOMA. This morning, we held a press conference with Sen. Feinstein to highlight the stories of same-sex couples who are punished even though they broke no law, and we generated press coverage from California to Maine.
Together, we’ve targeted four Senators who did not support the Respect for Marriage Act on March 16th…and all four now support the bill. Thanks to our work together, 29 Senators now support repeal, which is more than twice the number of Senators that voted for DOMA in 1996. And now, we have President Obama’s seal of approval.
This is the kind of work your contribution would fund: grassroots pressure, story-telling, and generating press coverage so more Americans know what DOMA is and why it must go, so that more Senators stand up against DOMA.
With President Obama’s endorsement today, we have momentum, and now we have to use it…but we need your help.
Please make a contribution today so we can harness President Obama’s endorsement, and press more Senators to endorse the Respect for Marriage Act.
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