CNBC Host Suze Orman, RI Gov. Chafee, and Other Leaders Discuss “The Cost of Marriage Inequality”

February 20, 2013

 Contact: Respect For Marriage Coalition Office / 202-567-5720

Economic, business experts and couples join Orman & Chafee to discuss the economic harms of DOMA and marriage inequality

New York City — With many states considering freedom to marry legislation and two landmark marriage rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, New York Times bestselling author and CNBC Host Suze Orman will moderate a discussion at New York University at 10:30am ET this Thursday, February 21 on the economic harms of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and marriage inequality. Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA renders same-sex couples ineligible for a long list of federal protections and benefits that are available to other couples, and it has had a demonstrably negative impact on gay and lesbian couples, their families, businesses, and on our economy at large. Despite the fact that a growing bipartisan majority of Americans support marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, same-sex marriages cannot be recognized by the federal government without an end to DOMA.

 Sponsored by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a coalition of more than 80 organizations supporting the freedom to marry, the Cost of Marriage Inequality panel will feature financial advisor Suze Orman, who will speak to two real couples about how DOMA has affected them – and how things would be different if the federal government recognized their marriages. Orman will continue the discussion with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who called for marriage equality in his inaugural address and has continued to champion the issue, and Nanette Lee Miller, Marcum LLP’s West Coast Partner-In-Charge of Assurance Services and national leader of Marcum LLP’s LGBT practice group, who will share the Firm’s recently released interactive map tracking marriage for same-sex couples by state and elaborate on the economic harms to a very important part of the nation’s workforce. 

  • WHAT: Discussion on the economic ramifications of DOMA and marriage inequality.
  • WHO: Suze Orman, New York Times bestselling author and host of The Suze Orman Show; Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island; Nanette Lee Miller, Marcum LLP’s West Coast Partner-In-Charge of Assurance; Services and National Leader of the firm’s LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice; Colette Hayward and Margaret Selby, Maryland couple harmed DOMA; Mary Jo Kennedy and Jo-Ann Shain, New York couple harmed by DOMA
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 10:30 AM
  • WHERE: New York University, Kimmel Center Room #914 (Please note room change), 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY
  • RVSP: Media RSVP to Jon Reinish,, Cell: 202-999-0461 

The Respect for Marriage Coalition is a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women's organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. The Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.