HRC, at least, is very pleased with the suit
 

Seattle Gay News
Mobile Edition
rss: SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml



SGN Mobile Front Page

SGN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SECTION

MOVIE REVIEWS
CALENDAR
NORTHWEST NEWS CALENDAR
CLASSIFIED

click here to go to the main SGN website

 

posted Friday, July 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 27

HRC, at least, is very pleased with the suit
Human Rights Campaign
July 8, 2009

Human Rights Campaign Comments on Historic Challenge to Discriminatory "Defense of Marriage Act"

'We applaud the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for stepping forward on behalf of these families and saying, in essence, 'Enough is enough,' said HRC President Joe Solmonese

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, today commends the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Attorney General Martha Coakley for filing a federal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which denies thousands of married same-sex couples in Massachusetts access to over 1,000 federal protections, benefits and obligations. This lawsuit, which names the United States and the Secretaries and Departments of Veterans affairs and Health and Human Services as defendants, marks the first time that a state has challenged the federal government's discriminatory treatment of its LGBT citizens.

The complaint in Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services et al points out that discrimination against same-sex married couples bears no nexus to the purposes of federal programs like Medicaid.

"The Commonwealth has presented the court with the stark facts of discrimination that should finally spell the end of DOMA," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Excluding our families from equal protections never had anything to do with promoting a legitimate interest, and has everything to do with discrimination."

"DOMA was wrong, discriminatory and mean-spirited when it was enacted in 1996, and today it stands between thousands of married couples and the equal protections they deserve," Solmonese said. "We applaud the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for stepping forward on behalf of these families and saying, in essence, 'enough is enough.' Now it is time for the federal government to take affirmative steps to challenge and repeal this discriminatory law that causes real harm to loving, married couples and their children."

Massachusetts was the first state to recognize equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, granting licenses starting in May 2004. Although thousands of same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts, and are fully equal under the Commonwealth's laws, they are denied such essential benefits as equal Social Security benefits for surviving spouses, joint tax filing, equal family and medical leave, and many more. Although these couples and all Massachusetts citizens pay equal federal taxes, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can only receive funding for such programs as Medicaid and veterans cemeteries if it creates two, separate classes of married people - those who receive equal access and those who do not.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.



next story
Victory in India!
------------------------------
Another Stonewall? Ft. Worth police raid Gay bar
------------------------------
DC judge says no delay or ballot on Gay marriage
------------------------------
Seattle to Iowa City: Marc and Matthew get married
------------------------------
Local Gay soccer team wins gold
------------------------------
GLSEN fundraiser to benefit Washington GSAs
------------------------------
White House honors Stonewall anniversary
------------------------------
DIFFA/Seattle offers amazing night of fashion
------------------------------
"Quote Unquote"
------------------------------
International News
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
National News
------------------------------
Task force launches New Beginnings initiative
------------------------------
Dennis Moyers cannabis patient and advocate will be missed
------------------------------
More labor leaders endorse ENDA
------------------------------
Reflecting on growing up Gay
------------------------------
Speaking with Jael Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps
------------------------------
The 2009 New York Gay Pride Parade
------------------------------
Celebration at this year's Dyke March
------------------------------
Fort Worth update: Police Chief compromises investigation
------------------------------
Time to review policy on gays in U.S. military: Powell
------------------------------
Rainbow Lounge incident puts Fort Worth at forefront of struggle for gay rights
------------------------------
The guy Obama listens to on gay issues - An interview with Steve Hildebrand
------------------------------
The New Republic goes off on Obama over the gay thing
------------------------------
Silent Partners: The Other Victims of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
------------------------------
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds D.C. for honoring and recognizing same-sex marriages
------------------------------
BrĂ¼no will both incite homophobia and make bigots squirm
------------------------------
Mass. sues feds over definition of marriage
------------------------------
HRC, at least, is very pleased with the suit
------------------------------
Gay festival organizer defends Conservative government
------------------------------
AIDS activists arrested inside U.S. Capitol
------------------------------
Massachusetts Sues US over DOMA
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 36 YEARS!