- The Obama administration continues to enforce DOMA. All the administration is doing is refusing to defend a statute it has determined to be unconstitutional. Congress may continue to defend it if they choose, but ultimately, it's up to the courts to decide if the law is valid.
- Not only is DOMA discriminatory and harmful, it's also outdated and out of touch-more than half of Americans support the federal government recognizing marriage for gay couples.
- Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act has nothing to do with state's recognition of marriages. As before, states will decide for themselves whether or not to recognize marriage between gay couples from their own or other states.
- The President and the Department of Justice have the authority to not defend statutes in court they view as unconstitutional, and this is nothing new -- presidents from Thomas Jefferson to George W. Bush have declined to defend laws they viewed as unconstitutional and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to defend a law when he was the lawyer for the first Bush administration.
- Kids raised by parents who are gay are just as healthy and well-adjusted as kids raised by straight parents.
- Nearly every credible authority on child health and social services -- including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Child Welfare League of America -- has determined that whether a parent is straight or gay has nothing to do with their ability to be a good parent.
- This is about kids having a safe, stable home with a loving environment that allows them to thrive and succeed.
- Marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of one another and be responsible for each other.
- Allowing gay couples to marry means they can join other couples in upholding the commitment and responsibility of marriage.
- This kind of talk just goes to show that politicians are trying hard to avoid what this is really about -- allowing gay couples to join other couples in upholding the commitment and responsibility of marriage.
- This law both protects loving committed couples in marriage AND ensures that clergy will continue to decide who they will and will not marry, in accordance with their religious beliefs.
- Allowing a gay couple to marry at city hall or at a county courthouse means that they will be able to take care of and be responsible for each other, while still ensuring that pastors, priests, and rabbis will continue to have the right to decide who they will and will not marry.
- With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, now we can put the focus back where it belongs: on our military mission.
- At a time when our armed forces are experiencing critical shortages, Don't Ask, Don't Tell forced thousands of qualified service members out of jobs we need.
- Now we can start using the hundreds of millions of dollars that were being spent to discharge patriotic American troops to support our military instead.
- An overwhelming majority of service members agree that allowing gay service members to serve openly wouldn't have any negative effects on our military.
- That's nonsense. ENDA is about protecting hardworking Americans from being unjustly fired.
- Right now in more than half the states, you can be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with your job performance. All hardworking Americans should have a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families, and not be afraid of being fired for something unrelated to how well they do their job.
- That's false -- the law simply expands the existing definition of a hate crime to include violence against someone simply for being gay.
- Being gay or straight is a part of who someone is, as basic as the color of their eyes, or whether they're right or left handed.
- We've been hearing about claims that you can "de-gay" people for years now. Not only has this nonsense been proven not to work, but research has shown that it actually hurts people who try it.
- Anti-bullying initiatives in our schools teach respect and protect all students from bullying and harassment. Research shows that these initiatives have successfully reduced bullying and harassment.
- When it comes to targeting students because they're gay or perceived to be gay, research shows that we have to be willing to name the problem and specify the solution if we're going to fix it.
- This is nothing more than an ugly anti-gay slur, and anyone who repeats it only feeds a hostile climate toward gay people.
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