28 Aug '11, 2am

Thousands Call on Sen. Mikulski to Support DOMA Repeal

LGBT groups Freedom to Marry, Courage Campaign, and Equality Maryland have collected more than 3,000 signatures urging Maryland’s Senator Barbara Mikulski to become a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act. The legislation would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage and as such prevents the government from conferring over a thousand rights and benefits to married same-sex couples. From the Equality Maryland press release: “Recent census data show nearly 17,000 same-sex couples living across the state of Maryland. These loving, committed couples and their families are harmed every day by the denial of marriage, and by federal discrimination against the marriages they are able to celebrate across the border in the District of Columbia and six other states,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and Pre...

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