I got this email today from Freedom To Marry:
This morning, President Barack Obama took a historic step that will help advance the freedom to marry. On the recommendation of the Attorney General, the President has determined that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional.
Because of this, the Department of Justice today concluded that the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is an unconstitutional and indefensible law.
As litigation challenging federal discrimination has unfolded, Freedom to Marry called on the President to protect same-sex couples and their families by applying heightened scrutiny against sexual orientation discrimination. And today, the President heeded our call.
Will you join me in thanking the President for refusing to defend this discriminatory law?
Make no mistake–the President’s decision didn’t happen overnight. It was the result of thousands of marriage supporters like you who have shared your stories, made phone calls, and sent e-mails demonstrating the harm that DOMA inflicts on families.
Until pending federal cases shake out, or Congress takes action, DOMA will still be in effect, but the President and the Justice Department are now on the right side of history, standing against anti-gay discrimination.
This brings us closer to Freedom to Marry’s goal of ending federal marriage discrimination and fully protecting all loving and committed couples and their families.
Join me in thanking President Obama for taking this crucial step towards ending the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage.
We still have a long way to go, but I know that with supporters like you, Michel, we’re closer to victory.
Thanks for all you do,
Not only is our president making history by being the first African-American president, but he is also making history by making sexual orientation discrimination unconstitutional.
I don’t know why it has taken this long to make it unconstitutional. I mean, it’s unconstitutional for everyone else to be discriminated against but it’s ok to discriminate against gay people? I don’t know why it took until the year 2011 for this to happen. It’s amazing to me how far we have come and I guess better late than never right?
So thank you Mr. Obama for your support of gay people’s rights.