I received the following e-mail from Love Makes a Family and have re-printed it here for your review:
Today, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009 was raised in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Act calls for the full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law, denying them over 1,100 critical benefits and responsibilities that provide security and protections for couples and their families. The bill also provides certainty, in terms of Federal obligations and benefits, for all married couples. Read more about the bill here.
As a result of DOMA, legally married same-sex couples still cannot:
–Take an unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse
–Receive the same family health and retirement/pension benefits as fellow married employees
–File taxes jointly
–Receive spousal, mother’s and father’s, or surviving spouse benefits under Social Security
–Receive employer-provided family health benefits without paying an additional tax that different-sex couples do not pay
We are so proud that the entire Connecticut delegation in the House of Representatives – Congresspeople Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes, John Larson and Chris Murphy – are original co-sponsors of this bill!
Please take a moment and to thank them for their leadership and strong support of FULL marriage equality for same-sex couples.
[Love Makes a Family is a statewide non-profit working for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Connecticut. We carry out our mission through community education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy and lobbying].