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A growing majority of Americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Get more information at RespectForMarriage.org and join the conversation online by using #Time4Marriage.

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A growing majority of Americans support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples, who want to marry for a similar mix of reasons as any other couples: first and foremost, they love each other and want to make a vow of commitment. But 41 states still refuse these couples marriage licenses, denying them the freedom to marry. And the federal so-called Defense of Marriage denies even legally married same-sex couples every single one of the federal protections and responsibilities triggered by marriage and provided to all other married couples.

#Time4Marriage is a public education effort to highlight the broad support for extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples and show what has become true: America is ready to rise to fairness. It’s time to end marriage discrimination.

Find out how you can help win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples:

Defense of Marriage Act

DOMA unfairly denies married same-sex couples the 1,138+ federal protections and responsibilities that the government provides to other married people, dividing Americans into first-class and second-class citizens, with first-class and second-class marriages.

Unlike all other married couples, same-sex married couples are denied such important federal protections as Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights, family and medical leave, and the ability to pool resources as a family without unfair taxation.

Find out more about how DOMA harms same-sex couples and their families:

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