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DOMA, Go Down

In LGBT Rights on November 21, 2011 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

For there to be a major advancement for equality in reasonable time, the Defense of Marriage Act must be repealed before 2020. I want President Obama to say before the 2012 election that he would sign a bill which would recognize same-sex marriage in all states and territories performed in those areas. It’s good that he said that he supports the Respect for Marriage Act and that his administration won’t defend a section of DOMA. Although I have a moderate view of Bill Clinton, he showed cowardice by signing that law in the 1990s. There are millions of homophobes in the United States and as the LGBT rights movement strengthens in other states, homophobia will be encountered. However, making sure LGBT people are treated fairly is important so intolerance must be conquered. Although “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed, LGBT soldiers are still not treated fairly when it comes to military bases. The reason they are not treated right is because of DOMA.

To get DOMA repealed, the LGBT rights movement must not let Republicans in the House of Representatives, take down our momentum. If you have a representative who seems tolerant of equality for LGBT people, you should contact her or him in support of repealing DOMA. If you have a representative who is intolerant of LGBT rights, contact your Senators who can help. DOMA will be repealed when enough us make enough noise to bring it down, like the Berlin Wall. When the right amount of activism is generated, Democratic Congress members will have to listen to the LGBT rights movement. If President Obama refuses to endorse marriage equality, then he has taken LGBT rights activists for granted. He would appear intolerant to me. It has been four years since President Obama started campaigning in 2007 so I expect more from the President. I expect more from him and Democrats in Congress because time is not linear when it comes to civil rights. From 2009 to 2010 compared to 2011, there was a higher chance that the Respect for Marriage Act, a tolerant law, would have passed Congress. In 2011, the chances of this happening have decreased. Chances will seem narrow and they will certainly be encountered.

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