Demand Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

Target: The Obama Administration

Goal: Repeal laws that discriminate against gay couples and federally recognize same-sex marriage

After President Obama’s public announcement of his support of gay marriage, the Washington Post and ABC News conducted a nationwide poll, which showed a record 53 percent of Americans in favor of gay marriage. More and more states now allow gay marriage, but the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies married same-sex couples over 1,000 federal entitlements that straight married couples enjoy. This includes an American citizen’s ability to sponsor an immigrant same-sex spouse for legal residence.

In September of 2012 the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying that foreigners with an American citizen same-sex partner may be included under a new Obama Administration policy that suspends deportation of some immigrants. In cases of illegal immigrants who are not found to be a security risk, deportation officers may apply prosecutorial discretion to their decision of either halting or moving forward with a deportation. They may consider ties the immigrant has to the community, including long-term same-sex relationships.

Prosecutorial discretion has halted a number of deportations, but this does not mean that immigrants are granted legal status. They still cannot obtain green cards or citizenship. Something needs to be put in writing, requiring the Department of Homeland Security to consider same-sex partners as family members – not leaving it up to the discretion of the officer in individual cases. The federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages would prevent couples and families from being torn apart.

Obama has expressed his opposition to DOMA, but stated that the law would have to be changed in Congress. House Republican leaders recently committed up to $3 million to defend DOMA (despite their loud cries against spending during the fiscal cliff debate). It is time for Obama to fight fire with fire. His support for the equal rights of every citizen – gay or straight – is far too cautious. Sign this petition, and urge President Obama to commit to taking on the legal battle of removing DOMA and federally recognizing same-sex marriage.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

More and more states now allow gay marriage, but the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies married same-sex couples over 1,000 federal entitlements that straight married couples enjoy. This includes an American citizen’s ability to sponsor an immigrant same-sex spouse for legal residence.

Initiatives taken by your administration have resulted in prosecutorial discretion halting a number of deportations, but this does not mean that those immigrants have been granted legal status in form of green cards or citizenship. The federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages, making them equally entitled to the rights that straight married couples have, would prevent couples and families from being torn apart.

House Republican leaders recently committed up to $3 million to defend DOMA (despite their loud cries against spending during the fiscal cliff debate). I encourage you to fight fire with fire and commit to taking on the legal battle of removing DOMA – to federally recognize same-sex marriage and ensure equal rights for every citizen – gay or straight.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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