We're still waiting for Judge Vaughn Walker's pending decision in the federal Prop. 8 trial. But the marriage equality movement just won another major federal court victory.
A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled that a large part of the "Defense of Marriage Act" -- the 1996 federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage by the federal government -- is unconstitutional.
This ruling on DOMA is wonderful news and a huge victory in our fight to bring full equality to all Americans. If the ruling is not overturned, the federal government will have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that recognize such marriages, eliminating yet another discriminatory barrier.
Of course, that didn't stop Maggie Gallagher, chair of the right-wing National Organization for Marriage, from claiming that this ruling might cause a culture war:
"Does this federal judge want to start another culture war? Does he really want another Roe. v. Wade? The simple fact is that the right of the federal government to define marriage for the purposes of its federal law and federal territories has been clear since the late 19th century, when Congress banned polygamy. Only an incompetent defense could have lost this case. We expect to win in a higher court."
Now President Barack Obama is faced with a critical decision: Appeal the ruling to a higher court or let it stand.
Because the federal government was the defendant in this case, supporting DOMA, President Obama can direct the Department of Justice to stand down and refuse to appeal this historic victory.
Please sign our letter to President Obama, asking him not to appeal the judge's ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional. Tell him you expect the Department of Justice to stand with us in support of equality for LGBT Americans. Click HERE now to add your name to our letter.
We will deliver your signatures to the Obama administration as soon as possible.
Thank you for adding your name in support of this landmark decision.