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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BREAKING: Obama endorses Respect for Marriage Act!

Courage Campaign
Dear Terrence,
After over 25,000 of you signed a petition to President Obama asking him to endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President will endorse the bill! This -- the White House endorsing legislation that has yet to pass either house of Congress -- is extremely rare, and marks the urgency with which the President wants to see DOMA erased forever.
Terrence, tomorrow is the first-ever Congressional hearing on whether to repeal DOMA. This morning, we held a press conference with Sen. Feinstein to highlight the stories of same-sex couples who are punished even though they broke no law, and we generated press coverage from California to Maine. Together, we've targeted four Senators who did not support the Respect for Marriage Act on March 16th...and all four now support the bill. Thanks to our work together, 29 Senators now support repeal, which is more than twice the number of Senators that voted for DOMA in 1996. And now, we have President Obama's seal of approval.
This is the kind of work your contribution would fund: grassroots pressure, story-telling, and generating press coverage so more Americans know what DOMA is and why it must go, so that more Senators stand up against DOMA. With President Obama's endorsement today, we have momentum, and now we have to use it...but we need your help.
Thanks for all you do,
-- Adam, Cait, Ana, Rick, Arisha, Anthony, and the rest of the team at the Courage Campaign

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