After President Obama ended his defense of DOMA in federal courts this week, Speaker Boehner and other Republican leaders are stepping in to defend the discriminatory law.
Republicans are being pressured by right-wing groups to use taxpayer dollars to defend DOMA. Do not let this happen!
Tell Congress to stop defending DOMA by clicking here!
TAKE ACTION NOW! It is time to DITCH DOMA!
After he heard a radio story about the mistreatment of gays and lesbians, 7-year-old Malcolm decided to donate to two LGBT charities (The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign).
He had been given $140 to donate to the charity of his choice in an effort to teach him the importance of improving the world around him. Along with his donation, Malcolm included a note: “I’m sending this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” And, his mother included a note that challenged the LA Gay and Lesbian Center to raise $27,000 in her son’s name.
Click here for more info on donating.
This Tuesday, federal regulations go into effects that require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs (which is almost every hospital in America) to permit patients to designate which visitors they wish to allow and prohibit discrimination in visitation on many factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
This is the result of President Obama’s presidential memorandum in April 2010 that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulations protecting hospital visitation rights.
Thank you President Obama!
If you are interested, the Human Rights Campaign has created a Hospital Visitation Guide for LGBT Families.
The Human Rights Campaign is urging President Obama to support marriage equality for all Americans. This comes after the President’s comment in December that his views were “evolving.”
It is time for the President to stand against bigotry and discrimination in our laws and to repeal DOMA. Please take a moment of your time and tell President Obama that you support full marriage equality for all Americans.
From an HRC press release:
The Senate adopted three amendments by voice vote. One amendment, SA 1615, adds the death penalty to the provisions of the Matthew Shepard Act. HRC strongly opposed this unwelcome amendment and hopes to address it as the Act continues through the legislative process. The Amendment was offered by and supported by Senators who oppose the Matthew Shepard Act in an effort to derail the Act. Fortunately, a side-by-side- amendment offered by Senator Kennedy was also added to the bill. The Kennedy amendment provides for additional restrictions in the use of the death penalty under the Act.
The third amendment requires the Attorney General to promulgate guidelines with “neutral and objective criteria for determining whether a crime was motivated by the status of the victim.”
A final Sessions amendment, SA 1616, was adopted by a vote of 92 to 0. This amendment creates a new federal criminal offense for cases involving assaults or battery of a U.S. service member – or a member of the service member’s immediate family.
Read the full press release here.
Please, tell your Senators…tell the old rich white men that run this country that you support the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act and learn the truth about the legislation at www.FightHateNow.org.
There is no reason for these people to be trying to kill such an important piece of legislation. Fight the hate! Please, stand up and have your voice heard before this plays out this week!