FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2009
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STATE/CITY NAME Joins National Call for Marriage Equality
Advocates and allies for marriage equality in STATE will come together this week in solidarity with others around the nation to hold President-elect Barack Obama to his word and to speak out against a political campaign that aimed at denying LGBT citizens the legal right to marry.
Those who support marriage equality will gather together at TIME on Saturday, January 10, on the steps of the LOCATION to speak out against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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The STATE/CITY rally will coincide with a much broader national effort aimed at holding President-elect Obama to his promise to call for the repeal of DOMA and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" military policy that discriminates against gays in the US military.
This is a pro-family movement because it protects the rights of couples while also providing stability and security to families. Couples in committed relationships are excluded from federal rights and state rights that protect heterosexual marriages.
Some of these rights include:
* Social Security survivor and pension benefits
* Hospital visitation rights
* Medical decision making rights
* Inheritance rights
* End-of-life decisions (burial)
* Family leave under the federal "Family Medical Leave Act"
* Employment and housing protections
According to the 2000 US census, more than a million children are being raised by same-sex couples. Under DOMA, these children are deprived of the protections that most families take for granted. Same-sex couples in a committed long-term relationship to should be afforded the legal protections that will have a positive impact on their children.
Those attending the rally will have an opportunity to sign an open letter to Barack Obama that will be sent directly to newly elected President once he occupies the White House. The national goal is to collect at least one million signatures upon his inauguration insisting that he keep his word and call for the repeal of DOMA.
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