URGENT: Late on Friday, Speaker John Boehner announced that the House Republican leadership will take the steps necessary to defend DOMA in court, a move which could result in an exorbitant waste of time and resources. It's simply unconscionable. Help us fight back now »
"Bordering on treason." "An act of societal suicide." "Fitting if it were in the Middle East in one of those dictatorships."
When it comes to President Obama's courageous stance against DOMA, the extreme right hasn't been shy about how they feel. One Congressman is even calling for the impeachment of the President.
It's clear our victory has stirred a right-wing hornets' nest. On Friday, House Republican leaders announced a plan to defend the hateful law in court – and waste precious time and resources doing so! All this from lawmakers who promised to focus on jobs and the economy.
We've stood up to these ugly attacks before. And we know the next few days and weeks will be critical. We can't stand by and let House Republican leaders use LGBT families as a political pawn – in this moment or in the future. And we must continue urging President Obama to support full marriage equality while we fight for marriage everywhere – from Maryland to Delaware to New Hampshire. I hope we can count on your support now.
Now is the time to act. Join HRC with an urgent gift to fight DOMA and stand up for equality.
Less than two months after taking charge in the House, right-wing lawmakers have abandoned promises to focus on making things better for all Americans, and instead are attacking LGBT couples with newfound energy.
This isn't about one law or one special counsel. It's about whether our nation becomes stronger and more equal, or falls back on old prejudice and hate. So we've got to respond on multiple fronts:
We're moving forward every day – but every day we're up against new volleys of hatred. Herman Cain, a former CEO and likely 2012 presidential candidate, thinks the President's courageous decision was bordering on treasonous. Conservative activist Alan Caruba called it an act of "societal suicide" in a column titled, "America's Gay White House."
And it was Tony Perkins, head of the powerful Family Research Council, who had the gall to compare President Obama's actions to those of brutal Middle East dictators – just because the President believes all married couples should get benefits like Social Security survivorship, joint tax filing, and family and medical leave.
In the civil rights battle of our generation, we can never afford to take a step backward. That's even truer at moments like this. Momentum is on our side – and we've got to seize this opportunity.
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