By Naomi LaChance |
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.
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.
About Stacey Long Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Ian Millhiser Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress
Evan Wolfson Founder and President of Freedom to Marry
Jason Kuznicki Research Fellow at the Cato Institute
Brian Brown President of the National Organization for Marriage