Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today launched RepealDOMA.com, a website dedicated to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
We must repeal this discriminatory law. There is no reason same-sex couples should be denied the same rights that my husband and I and so many other straight Americans enjoy. For me it comes down to the very simple principles that every American should be able to marry the person they love, and that discrimination against LGBT Americans is unconstitutional and wrong.
The law as it currently stands denies federal benefits to thousands of legally married couples — more than 1,100 federal rights and privileges enjoyed by straight couples, including hospital visitation, inheritance and some health care benefits. It discourages states from recognizing these legal marriages and it denies millions more Americans the right to marry the person they love.
This is wrong.