Dear Friend of Marriage,
Our task just became even more urgent.
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit gave us just three weeks to ensure that Congress steps up to defend DOMA. By March 18th, the Obama administration and the State of Massachusetts must agree on a new plan for how the pending DOMA litigation will proceed.
That’s right, when President Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional last week, the Court ordered the administration to get together with the plaintiffs to develop a plan for the litigation – Eric Holder sitting down with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to plan the future of DOMA!
If Congress doesn’t step up quickly to defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act may soon be history – the victim of an administration that is deliberately undercutting the very laws it is duty-bound to defend.
Gay marriage advocates are ramping up pressure on Congress with a new “Don’t Defend DOMA” campaign. Activists in Congress are proposing legislation to repeal DOMA.
Thousands of you have already petitioned your Congressman to intervene on behalf of DOMA in the challenge filed by the State of Massachusetts. But if you haven’t yet done so, please use this link to send your email right now. Your calls and emails could make the difference – not just for DOMA, but for the future of marriage in our nation.
Over the next three weeks, Congress needs to hear from tens of thousands of Americans demanding that their elected representatives stand up for marriage and the rule of law. No president has the authority to unilaterally declare laws unconstitutional – that’s why we have courts, and our adversarial legal system.
Please forward this email to at least five friends today. Use the buttons at the top of this message to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Or just pick up the phone and call a friend. Whatever the means, I urge you to help get the word out. The future of marriage depends on it.
For two years, we’ve watched the fox guarding the DOMA hen house. Now the mask is off and the Obama administration has revealed its true colors. But if Congress doesn’t act soon, it will be too late.
We have 18 days. The clock is ticking. We need your action today.
Brian S. Brown,
National Organization for Marriage