Talking About Marriage and DOMA

In the days since President Obama's Justice Department announced it would no longer be defending the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA) in court, there has been a lot of media buzz, but much of the real impact of this decision has remained unclear. And to be honest, much of the real impact simply can't be made clear until the courts or our lawmakers take action. But we can tell you what we do know, and we can do so as plainly as we can, so that you can share it with others. While we don't exactly know what impact this action will have in a legal sense, we do know that this action opened up a tremendous opportunity for dialogue, not just in courtrooms, but in dining rooms. Not just in our political arena, but in our kitchens and around our water coolers. And while legal experts and elected officials will be the ones who eventually decide what the law will be – they won't be the ones who change the hearts and minds of the American people. That's where you come in. Click here to get all the information you'll need to share what the Justice Department's DOMA decision means with your friends or family members – and to counter some of the misinformation that's being put out by opponents of marriage equality and political opponents of the President. The Pew poll released this week proves that we're moving in the direction of progress. The more people who know the facts about the decision (and the truth about the opposition's talking points) the better off we'll all be. Sharing with your friends and family members can also be a great way to get a conversation started.