HRC delivers DOMA survey to Congress; Rep. Nadler to introduce repeal bill next week
Lord knows the White House won't want to comment on any DOMA repeal legislation that starts moving, so this pressure is a good move IMHO. HRC Legislative Director Allison Herwitt delivered a survey on DOMA to Congress. (HRC BackStory):
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today launched a campaign to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies legally married same-sex couples more than 1,000 federal protections and responsibilities. As part of the campaign, HRC launched a national action alert, an interactive website, RepealDOMAnow.org, and delivered to Congress nearly 50,000 survey responses showing the concrete harms DOMA brings to the lives of LGBT Americans and their families. A bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House as early as next week.
“Now is the time to let Congress and President Obama know that DOMA must go. The introduction of a bill to repeal DOMA with this unprecedented momentum behind it will mark a tidal shift in this fight,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “This hurtful and discriminatory law denies millions of Americans federal recognition of marriage and the critical rights and benefits that come with it – Social Security survivors' benefits, equal treatment under U.S. immigration laws, the right to take leave to care for a spouse, and more. It is more important than ever to push for repeal of DOMA.”
You can view the survey at: www.hrc.org/DOMASurvey. Over at The Politico, Ben Smith makes the call that Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) will be the one to introduce legislation to repeal DOMA. It will be interesting to see who signs on as co-sponsors (and who doesn't).
Kerry at The Advocate has more: