A Busy Day For Marriage Equality!

A new survey released today by Pew Research shows support for same gender marriage has risen almost nine percent over the past two years. That’s a major increase considering those numbers were mostly stagnant over the past twenty.

According to the L.A. Times,”The poll, conducted in late September and early October, showed 46% of Americans surveyed support legalizing same-sex marriage and 44% are opposed. The survey among 2,410 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.”

The Times goes on to report that,”Since the mid-1990s, support for same-sex marriage had been growing by a couple of percentage points each year, according to polls by Pew and others.”

Meanwhile, 130 House Democrats took an admirable step today by filing  a amicus brief in a lawsuit that argues against republicans who say that DOMA, or the defense of marriage act, is unconstitutional.

As the Huffington Post reports, “The House has been defending DOMA in court since the spring, when the Obama administration concluded that Section 3 of the law is unconstitutional and announced it would no longer defend it on those grounds. Section 3 prevents the federal government from recognizing the validity of same-sex marriages.”

Among those filing with the House Democrats are 70 big name U.S. corporations. Think Progress reports, “that DOMA forces the companies to treat their employees differently based on their sexual orientation, and as a result, the businesses assume an administrative financial burden to correct the inequity.” Among those standing with the democrats,”CBS, Microsoft, Google, Levi Strauss, Nike, and Time Warner Cable.”

Click HERE to see the full list.

Finally, over in the Senate, Equality California reports that,”The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it will hold over the committee vote on the Respect for Marriage Act introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), until the following week.”

As Think Pink reports,”The Respect for Marriage Act is not intended to force states to introduce same-sex marriages, but would lift the provisions preventing federal benefits and responsibilities from being passed to existing married gay couples across the Union.”

Equality California is also is providing an email that you can sign and send to your lawmakers. Click HERE to sign on.


One Response to A Busy Day For Marriage Equality!

  1. Pingback: A DOMA Repeal Guide: What You Need to Know « The Idaho Agenda

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