HRC Pressures Congress On Marriage Equality
America’s largest civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, is calling for all House and Senate members to join President Obama in making a public statement regarding marriage for all gay and lesbian couples.
Members of Congress will be sought to either agree or disagree with the following statement:
Gay and Lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge there love and commitment through the civil institution of marriage. I believe that two committed adults of the same-sex should be able to receive a government-issued marriage license, while religious institutions retain their right to determine which marriages they will perform or organize.
However, the HRC has uncovered public statements from 85 Representatives and 26 Senators, supporting marriage equality through surveying news reports, campaign and official websites as well as other publicly-available materials.
These public, yet unambiguous statements for marriage equality will still be considered a direct response to the statement listed above. Supportive public statements, key votes and bill sponsorships will be listed on the HRC’s website and included in the 112th Congressional Scorecard.
“We are at a tipping point in the fight for marriage equality. Public support for marriage equality is now over 50 percent. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen the president and the vice president publicly voice their support for marriage equality. Yet with all this support, marriage equality is the law in only a handful of states and the District of Columbia, and the discriminatory DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] is still the law at the federal level. The time to repeal DOMA and gain full marriage equality in all 50 states is now,” said Paul Guequierre, a blog author for The Human Rights Campaign.
On the political front of the United States, many Americans are demanding their elected officials to discuss their stance on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community pressures elected officials to address concerns of the lack of a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, protections from violence, and health and safety.
The Human Rights Campaign seeks to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community, and bring justice for all.
Rachel Williams is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a calling to be a voice to the voiceless; and passion is to bring gender equality and ethnic justice to the forefront of RVA.
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