July292011
There’s no good argument against marriage equality. There’s no good argument  for the Defense of Marriage Act, one of the most unfair laws passed in my  lifetime. And there’s no good argument for leaving it on the books.
What are we waiting for? The country has evolved — Americans support the  repeal of DOMA. So does President Obama. So does President Clinton, who signed  it into law in 1996. So does Bob Barr, the Republican who wrote the darn  thing.
I say it’s time. It’s time for gay and lesbian Americans to  enjoy the same rights as the rest of us. It’s time to toss the bigotry and the  fear into the dumpster of embarrassing history where they belong. And you know  what? It’s time for progressives like you and me to stop waiting around for  someone else to make this country what it ought to be.
It’s time to repeal DOMA. Let’s start right now, you and me.  I’ve written a petition to get the ball rolling — click here to  add your name now!
Marrying Franni was the best thing that ever happened to me. And it’s always  pained me to know that our country denies that right to millions of gays and  lesbians.
Over the years, those of us who support marriage equality have had to put up  with a series of nonsensical arguments from those who support marriage  discrimination. And, one by one, their ridiculous objections have been proven  wrong.
Same-sex marriage doesn’t hurt straight couples. It doesn’t hurt kids who  grow up in loving same-sex families. It doesn’t hurt anyone. DOMA, on the other  hand, is an ugly stain on our country. And every day we don’t repeal it is  another day we’re making millions of Americans second-class citizens.
I think we can do this, and I think we can do it now. But we can only do it  if we convince decision-makers in the Obama administration and Congress that we  won’t shut up until this gets done.
So let’s show them how many of us are prepared to fight for this — right  now. 
This is going to be a tough fight. But it’s a matter of simple fairness.  We’re right. And we can win. Are you ready to fight alongside me?
Thanks,
Al Franken

There’s no good argument against marriage equality. There’s no good argument for the Defense of Marriage Act, one of the most unfair laws passed in my lifetime. And there’s no good argument for leaving it on the books.

What are we waiting for? The country has evolved — Americans support the repeal of DOMA. So does President Obama. So does President Clinton, who signed it into law in 1996. So does Bob Barr, the Republican who wrote the darn thing.

I say it’s time. It’s time for gay and lesbian Americans to enjoy the same rights as the rest of us. It’s time to toss the bigotry and the fear into the dumpster of embarrassing history where they belong. And you know what? It’s time for progressives like you and me to stop waiting around for someone else to make this country what it ought to be.

It’s time to repeal DOMA. Let’s start right now, you and me. I’ve written a petition to get the ball rolling — click here to add your name now!

Marrying Franni was the best thing that ever happened to me. And it’s always pained me to know that our country denies that right to millions of gays and lesbians.

Over the years, those of us who support marriage equality have had to put up with a series of nonsensical arguments from those who support marriage discrimination. And, one by one, their ridiculous objections have been proven wrong.

Same-sex marriage doesn’t hurt straight couples. It doesn’t hurt kids who grow up in loving same-sex families. It doesn’t hurt anyone. DOMA, on the other hand, is an ugly stain on our country. And every day we don’t repeal it is another day we’re making millions of Americans second-class citizens.

I think we can do this, and I think we can do it now. But we can only do it if we convince decision-makers in the Obama administration and Congress that we won’t shut up until this gets done.

So let’s show them how many of us are prepared to fight for this — right now. 

This is going to be a tough fight. But it’s a matter of simple fairness. We’re right. And we can win. Are you ready to fight alongside me?

Thanks,

Al Franken

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