A few hours ago, a 3-judge panel in the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a U.S. District Court decision finding the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
This is exciting news, because it’s the first time that a Federal Appeals Court has found DOMA unconstitutional, and brings us one step closer to a ruling on marriage equality by the Supreme Court. However, we still have a long way to go, and today’s ruling does not have any immediate impact on enforcing DOMA.
It isn’t enough to overturn DOMA – or to win the freedom to marry in Oregon. We must do both. DOMA prevents same sex couples (even in states with marriage equality) from accessing federal marriage rights. But winning at the federal level will not extend the freedom to marry to Oregon couples until we change our state constitution to allow same-sex couples to marry. The only way to move forward here in Oregon is to remove discrimination from our state constitution, and that requires a vote of the people.
That is why we need your help. This summer we are traveling to communities across Oregon to expand our majority for marriage in Oregon.
That is why we need your help. This summer we are traveling to communities across Oregon build a majority for marriage in Oregon.
Here are three things you can do to win the freedom to marry in Oregon:
- Have conversations with the people in your life. Talking to people you know is the most effective way to build support for the freedom to marry.
- Help us build a political majority for marriage in Oregon by registering yourself and your friends to vote and supporting pro-equality candidates. Send the message that pro-LGBT voters are here to stay in Oregon, and our numbers are only growing.
- Host an Equality House Party to build support for equality across Oregon.