The Obama Administration announced last week that it was not going to defend the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in court. They correctly decided that it is unconstitutional and will no longer use taxpayer money to support discriminatory laws.
DOMA denies gay couples who are legally married the benefits and protections they need to take care of their families. It prevents parents from being able to leave work to care for their spouse's children when they get sick, and denies benefits to a surviving spouse - including ones they've already paid for like Social Security.
We applaud the Obama Administration for recognizing that discrimination is unconstitutional.
But now, Speaker John Boehner has vowed to use the resources of the House of Representatives to keep DOMA in place.
Instead of creating jobs, politicians now want to spend our taxpayer dollars attacking families. All married couples should be able to get the legal protections they need to be responsible for and take care of one another.
The Team at Keystone Progress