September 8, 2011
By Adam Bink
On August 26th, Ana wrote here about our intrepid trip to Baltimore amid wind, rain and residents fleeing from Hurricane Irene clogging up I-95 to deliver over 3,000 signatures to Sen. Mikulski’s Baltimore office (which, incidentally, we just got there in time because they were closing the office down early and handing out sandbags!).
Well, today, Sen. Mikulski announced on Facebook that she would co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA! Here’s what she wrote:
Will co-sponsor bill 2 repeal #DOMA – All Americans entitled 2 equal protection under law & 2 be treated w/dignity & respect. #ItGetsBetter
Good for her. If you like, you can head on over and say thanks. Other Senators are watching what kind of response their colleagues get on issues like this, so it’s important.
Meanwhile, that brings us to 30 Senators who co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA (check out the graphic on the right side of this blog for the updated whip count). Halfway there!
We started this Dump DOMA campaign back in March with Sen. Feinstein, and we’re halfway to the promised land. Our model — working with constituents in targeted states — is working. We went after Sens. Kohl, Bingaman, Tom Udall and Mikulski — Democrats who should be with us — and won. And we’ve got more on the list to persuade. Over 20,000 Courage Campaign members petitioned President Obama to support the Respect for Marriage Act, and the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President’s formal endorsement. We’re placed stories in outlets from the Los Angeles Times to the Christian Science Monitor to educate the public on the hardships of DOMA and build support for repeal.
But, we can’t do this work without your help. If you can make a small contribution today, we can get the other 30 and speed up the day when getting married, for a same-sex couple, isn’t a bittersweet day because of the sting of DOMA. Please chip in what you can, and thanks for everything you’re doing! One by one, we’ll get there.