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The Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry today released an issue brief documenting how the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) harms the children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents. The brief summarizes part of a broader report on LGBT families co-authored by the
"We always have known DOMA was a bad, discriminatory policy" said HRC President
Key findings of the report, "How DOMA Harms Children," include:
* Children of married gay and lesbian parents don't have guaranteed access to health insurance from their parents
* Married same-sex couples cannot access the many federal tax credits and deductions that ease financial costs of parents with children
* Married gay and lesbian couples can't file joint federal tax returns and access the potential tax benefits of filing jointly
"Marriage provides a critical safety-net to loving, committed couples and their families," said
Enacted in 1996, DOMA denies legally married gay and lesbian couples and their families a host of critical rights, benefits and responsibilities under federal law, such as
The issue brief is available here, and the full report, "All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families," can be viewed here.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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