The Human Rights Campaign is conducting a short survey of those who are affected, or who know someone who is affected, by the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by former President Clinton in 1996. The survey does not take long and includes the ability to share your story and opinions on the act, which the HRC will then share with lawmakers.
It is important that we urge Congress and President Obama to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in six states, these couples continue to be discriminated against under federal law. Their states have taken the step of allowing LGBT couples to legally marry, yet they still lack the rights that heterosexual couples take for granted, such as Social Security survivors’ benefits, putting a spouse on a health care plan without tax penalties, the ability to take family and medical leave to care for a spouse, etc.
Federal law must catch up with the reality of our lives. Please, take a minute now to fill out this survey and tell your lawmakers what you think.