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Our Next Marriage Equality Fight: Repealing DOMA

What a historic day!

I couldn't be more thrilled that, thanks to extraordinary grassroots activism and the hard work of Governor Cuomo and so many committed organizations and elected officials, New York has once again led the way on equality.

Last night's vote for marriage equality in N.Y. was a true bipartisan effort, with Democratic and Republican state senators coming together to forge a pro-equality majority in support of the simple proposition that every New Yorker should be able to marry the person they love.

But our work is not done.

The fact is that once our LGBT friends and family are legally able to marry here in New York, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will prohibit them from enjoying over 1,000 federal rights and privileges that are afforded straight married couples.

That's why earlier this year, I joined Senator Feinstein and several of my Senate colleagues to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that will repeal the regressive and discriminatory DOMA.

It's also why I've joined with Democracy For America (DFA) to launch a national online campaign to rally support for repeal. For only once every legally married couple in the United States is treated equally under federal law can we fulfill the true meaning of marriage equality.

I hope you'll join us.

The Defense of Marriage Act truly is damaging. Every day, thousands of legally married LGBT men and women around the country are unable to take advantage of rights and privileges -- from hospital visitation to inheritance rights to health benefits -- that straight married couples take for granted.

To continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-kirsten-gillibrand/our-next-marriage-equalit_b_884491.html
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