DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, harms children. As America awaits the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 tomorrow, it’s important to remember what we’re fighting for.
“National and public policy discussions around marriage for gay and lesbian couples often completely overlook a critical element: the impact that the denial of marriage has on the two million children being raised by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents in the United States today,” a brief authored by the Family Equality Council, Center for American Progress (CAP), the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), and others reports:
These children have become collateral damage of ideology, laws and policies designed to hurt LGBT people and families. Laws like the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) not only restrict marriage, but as an unintended consequence, also unfairly deny children basic rights and safety nets—simply because their parents are gay.
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