What is it? It’s a law enacted by Congress that states: The Federal Government doesn’t recognize gay marriages. It allows states to make their own decisions on gay marriages. Each state can decide whether or not to recognize a legal gay marriage from another state.
DOMA allows states to The gay partners of make their own federal employees marriage licenses for gay cannot receive federal marriages. health benefits such as 1,049 marriage benefits health insurance and are given to married Social Security, but gays and lesbians, which married spouses can. are also given to DOMA does not require heterosexual couples. states to recognize same-sex marriages. DOMA allows for individual states to ban same-sex marriage laws.
Similar to marriage It allows straight or gay people to enter into partnerships for financial benefits and social recognition A compromise position for “anti-gays” and gays Partners of civil unions don’t receive the identical tax or health benefits as married couples.It is clearly “less than” status
Homosexual acts legal Same-sex marriage Other type of partnership (or unregistered cohabitation) Marriage recognized but not performed Same-sex unions not recognizedHomosexual acts illegal Minimal penalty Heavy penalty Life in prison Death penalty
Strongly favor/favor 41% Oppose/strongly appose: 47% Unsure: 10% You don’t have to be gay to support gay marriage/rights! Be involved with a Gay Pride Parade!
Freedom to Marry GayPASG No H8 CampaignFor Teens: The Trevor Project American Civil Liberties Unions