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All Marriages Need to Be Treated Equally Under the Law

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The truth is that our ability to marry is being decided at the ballot box, in state legislatures, in the courts, and finally now, in the Supreme Court. While we know that we must win more states and continue to grow public support for marriage equality, it is likely that we will have to persuade Congress or the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination. Today, because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government discriminates against married same sex couples by not granting them the federal benefits and protections that are granted to married opposite-sex couples. And this needs to end.

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We know that the majority of Americans support the freedom to marry and realize that we share a common humanity. Yet in the United States, only nine states and the District of Columbia allow loving and committed same sex couples to marry. We simply have to continue to change hearts and minds and continue to grow majority support for marriage equality across the country. The bottom line is that all marriages need to be treated equally under the law.

Stacey Long

About Stacey Long Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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marriage
LGBT rights

Other Arguments

#1
224 Pts
Marriage Equality Must Be Recognized by States and the Federal Government

No – Marriage Equality Must Be Recognized by States and the Federal Government

Ian Millhiser Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress

#2
210 Pts
Married Couples Must Have Equal Rights in Every State

No – Married Couples Must Have Equal Rights in Every State

Evan Wolfson Founder and President of Freedom to Marry

#4
182 Pts
The Freedom to Marry Transcends State Lines

No – The Freedom to Marry Transcends State Lines

Casey Pick Programs Director for Log Cabin Republicans

#5
-128 Pts
Marriage Should Not Be Regulated by the Federal Government

Yes – Marriage Should Not Be Regulated by the Federal Government

Jason Kuznicki Research Fellow at the Cato Institute

#6
-345 Pts
The Federal Government Has the Right to Define Marriage

No – The Federal Government Has the Right to Define Marriage

Brian Brown President of the National Organization for Marriage

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