Target: United States Supreme Court
Goal: Praise the Supreme Court for legalizing federal recognition of same-sex marriages
The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized on a federal level. This ruling is momentous and will be an important step forward for marriage equality in the United States.
On Wednesday, June 26th, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment, which calls for equal rights of all United States citizens. By calling the legislation unconstitutional, the Supreme Court is providing federal legal rights to those who have been married in states that allow for same-sex marriages.
The Defense of Marriage Act was introduced under the Clinton administration and defined marriage specifically as heterosexual, using a definition that allowed only for a man and woman to be married. This definition meant that individuals who entered into same-sex marriages that were recognized by their state did not receive the same recognition on the federal level. With more than 1,000 federal laws under the umbrella of the Defense of Marriage Act, individuals in same-sex marriages were at extreme disadvantages in terms of federal and national rights while the Defense of Marriage Act was in effect.
The decision of the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act supports the rights of homosexual individuals in the United States, clearly stating that same-sex couples deserve equal rights to heterosexual couples. Same sex marriage is now legal in 13 states, and all same-sex marriages that take place in these states will now be federally recognized. This indicates that same-sex couples will receive the same benefits and protections as heterosexual couples — now, both on the state and federal levels.
By signing the petition below you will be applauding the Supreme Court of the United States for their decision to proclaim the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and provide same-sex married couples the same legal protections and rights as heterosexual married couples.
Dear Supreme Court of the United States,
The United States is a country in which citizens enjoy inestimable freedoms and celebrate equality of all individuals. Because of this, equality in marriage is extremely important in the United States, but the Defense of Marriage Act stood in the way of this equality. The decision of the Supreme Court to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is one that supports equal rights and freedoms for all individuals in the United States, and must be applauded.
I am writing you to praise you for your dedication to equality. By providing federal recognition to already state-recognized same-sex marriages, you are giving same-sex couples federal protections and rights that these individuals deserve. Your decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act is a strong stand in favor of justice and equality for all United States citizens, and it is a decision that will have an enormous impact on all communities in the United States in the future. Thank you for making the United States more egalitarian.
[Your Name Here]
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