Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Encourage the government to support social security benefits for same-sex couples
The Social Security system is one of the most important programs ever built in America. Universally revered, social security benefits are there for you when you retire, or for your children and spouse in the event of tragedy or death. However, for same-sex couples across the United States, social security benefits are out of reach, putting these couples at risk mentally and financially.
In the midst of the heated debate over marriage equality, many activists have disclosed that same-sex marriage is about more than the freedom to marry who you choose—it’s about peace of mind and ensuring that your family is also entitled to the same benefits granted to heterosexual couples. Because there are still states that don’t recognize same-sex marriages, LGBT people and their spouses are unfairly excluded from receiving the support they need to retire, or if misfortune strikes their family.
The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (or S.A.M.E.) would ensure that survivor benefits are awarded to any legally married persons, regardless of union, state of residence, or marriage ceremony location. If passed, this law would revolutionize the state of marriage equality, and prove to be a victorious accomplishment in the fight for LGBT rights.
Every citizen, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people, works hard for Social Security benefits, expecting that it will work in their favor by providing long-term financial stability not only for themselves, but for their deserving families as well.
The Social Security system belongs to everyone. Sign the petition to urge President Obama to support social security benefits for same-sex couples and their families.
Dear President Obama,
The fight for LGBT rights is decades in the making, and we’ve made considerable strides towards the equal treatment and representation of LGBT people in America. However, we’ve still got a lot of ground to cover, especially in regards to equal marriage and benefits.
Currently, same-sex couples and their families are excluded from receiving social security benefits putting their livelihoods at risk. In the event that an LGBT citizen may want to retire or, worse yet, sudden tragedy strikes their family, the Social Security system is designed to ignore them, which is both disheartening and unfair. The Social Security system is for every U.S. citizen, and that includes the LGBT community.
The Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (or S.A.M.E.), spearheaded by Senator Patty Murray and Senator Mark Udall, deserves to be supported and passed because no one should be forced to pay into a system that will, in the end, fail to recognize them. Same-sex couples, just like heterosexual couples, deserve social security benefits, but many members of congress continue to object to equal protection, under the law, for these families.
I urge you to support the fight for social security benefits for same-sex couples and their families. We’ve come too far in the race for equality and recognition to fall back now.
[Your Name Here]
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