Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-02-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

LGBT leaders to House GOP: Stop wasting tax dollars on DOMA
From a news release
2012-12-18

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON — Today the leaders of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organizations called on the House Republican leadership to stop funding the legal defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA forbids the federal government from recognizing the marriages of lawfully wedded same-sex couples, legally married in states that allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain marriage licenses.

"Despite the enormous economic challenges our country is facing, the House of Representatives recently decided to increase government spending to defend this discriminatory law — a law that intentionally harms thousands of Americans who are legally married," the letter reads. "At the same time, voters in three states approved marriage equality and, in Minnesota, rejected writing a marriage ban into their state's constitution. A strong majority of Americans support marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples — including an increasing number of conservatives. With more states allowing committed same-sex couples to obtain civil marriage licenses, DOMA imposes burdens on hard working, tax paying citizens."

Last week the contract with Bancroft — the Washington-based law firm hired by Republicans to defend the law in court — was made public, revealing that House Republicans secretly agreed to raise the cost cap to $2 million. Republicans began defending the bill after the Obama Administration announced in February that it viewed the law as unconstitutional and could no longer defend it in court.

According to a 2004 report from the Congressional Budget Office, federal individual income and estate tax revenues would actually increase $700 million per year if DOMA did not mandate the nonrecognition of marriages of same-sex couples. Recent polling from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner found that a majority of Americans oppose DOMA and the Republicans' defense of it in court.

DOMA singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law. Section 2 of DOMA purports to allow states to refuse to recognize valid civil marriages of same-sex couples. Section 3 of the law carves all same-sex couples, regardless of their marital status, out of all federal statutes, regulations, and rulings applicable to all other married people—thereby denying them over 1,100 federal benefits and protections. The Supreme Court announced last week that it would be taking up United States v. Windsor, which questions the constitutionality of DOMA.

Click here to view the letter: www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/DOMA_sign-on_letter.pdf .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post 2017-02-18 - Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is running as chair of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) so ...


Gay News

Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy 2017-02-17 - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Feb. 16 that challenged whether the Illinois law prohibiting so-called conversion therapy on minors applied to pastors. ...


Gay News

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids 2017-02-17 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative ...


Gay News

More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA 2017-02-17 - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in ...


Gay News

LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities 2017-02-16 - WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joined lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates ...


Gay News

Immigrants march to protest Trump 2017-02-16 - Immigrant-rights supporters marched in the Loop Feb. 16 as part of a national protest, following those individuals gathering in Union Park for a ...


Gay News

SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right 2017-02-16 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as ...


Gay News

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 2017-02-16 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by ...


Gay News

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing 2017-02-16 - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. ...


Gay News

800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections 2017-02-15 - WASHINGTON - Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.