Challenges and obstacles to full equality for all Americans remain. Federal laws like the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy in the military treat LGBT Americans as second-class citizens. Without federal repeal of DOMA and DADT and passage of a gender identity inclusive employment non-discrimination law, too many Americans are left behind.
Six years after the victory of marriage equality in Massachusetts , same-sex married couples still do not have access to the more than 1,049 federal benefits married heterosexuals enjoy. Hard-won victories like marriage equality in Massachusetts , Connecticut , Iowa , Vermont , and New Hampshire leave unrealized the broader vision of full equality in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.
As Don Gorton, a board member of Join the Impact MA said, “The results of Question 1 are a temporary setback on the path toward full and equal protection in all matters of civil law. Our struggle continues to end discrimination against LGBT people in Maine , California and the states in between. Simply put, civil rights delayed are civil rights denied.” Gorton urged LGBT people and straight allies to seize the moment to join the grassroots campaign for full equality in all 50 states in all matters governed by civil law.