Chicago Congressman Speaks Out Against DOMA, Submits Testimony of Binational Couples into the Congressional Record

On Wednesday December 7, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), citing testimony received from prominent speakers and community organizations during a field hearing held in Chicago. Among the organizations that submitted testimony were three binational couples who have been working with The DOMA Project this year. Rep. Quigley asked “that the Clerk enter all of their testimony into the record, to formally document this collection of unfairness and inequity, burdens that are imposed on normal Americans just trying to live a normal life. It is incomprehensible that today we are still dealing with such injustice. Congress created this injustice and Congress should correct it.”

Rep. Quigley’s speech can be seen here. Read “Testimony from the Congressional Field Forum on the Defense of Marriage Act” here.  Stop the Deportations – The DOMA Project worked closely with three binational couples whose testimony appears at pages 34 – 38.  Thank you to Sveta, Brad and Ryan for their hard work.

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  • Victoria Difortuna

    We all have the same rights. We dont need even to ask for it.

    December 18, 2011
  • Brad M

    I was so excited to hear that our testimony became part of the official congressional record. While we should not have to ask for our rights, we must make others aware that those rights are denied as long as that continues to be the case.

    December 20, 2011

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