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Received this e-mail from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) this morning:
In 2010, New Hampshire became one of the first states in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

But three years later, legally married same-sex couples in New Hampshire and other states are still denied federal benefits because of the Defense of Marriage Act. We must no longer tolerate the kind of discrimination contained within DOMA.

We can change that by speaking out – before the Supreme Court begins hearing a challenge to DOMA in just 6 days. Along with several Senate colleagues, I’ve started a petition calling for DOMA to be overturned. I need you to join us now.

Click here to sign our petition letting the Supreme Court know that you support overturning DOMA:

Same-sex couples shouldn’t be discriminated against in the tax code. Grieving families shouldn’t be denied Social Security and retirement benefits when a loved one passes on. Children shouldn’t have to feel like their parents’ love isn’t enough – or that it doesn’t count.

LGBT Americans deserve equal treatment under the law. It’s that simple.

But they won’t get it until we do away with DOMA.

This is the greatest civil rights struggle of our time, but we’re on the cusp of breaking through. With your help, we can do it now. Let the justices know where you stand.

Tell the Supreme Court that you support full marriage equality:

Thank you,


You can sign Shaheen's petition here:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays, Milk Men And Women, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Kos Community, and Take New Hampshire Forward!.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:00:11 AM PDT

  •  Eh, I seriously doubt the Supreme Court is swayed (1+ / 0-)
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    by petitions.  In fact, on an issue like this, I'm most of them already have a good idea where they'll end up.

    One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

    by AUBoy2007 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:51:02 AM PDT

  •  Sorry, completely inappropriate (1+ / 0-)
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    The SCOTUS is supposed to be immune from political pressure, especially from the US Senate and from popular protests, petitions, etc. etc. Advocacy groups can (and do) file amicus briefs. But this type of petition is a really really bad idea, and I'm disappointed in Senator Shaheen and her fellow Senators. A petition to the Congress to repeal DOMA is fine. A petition to the Supreme Court pressuring them to overturn it is bad bad bad practice.

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