National DOMA Protest

January 10 is the National DOMA Protest, a day to stand up against the Defense of Marriage Act and urge President-Elect Obama to repeal DOMA.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies same-sex marriage at the federal level:

1. No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.
2. The Federal Government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states.

During the primary campaign, Obama pledged to completely repeal DOMA, and he reaffirmed in his Civil Rights Agenda after the election:

Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

On January 10, people in cities across the U.S. will hold a Nationwide DOMA Protest and collect over 1,000,000 signatures urging President-Elect Obama to repeal DOMA. The nationwide goal: 1,000,00 signatures. San Francisco’s goal: 100,000 signatures! These one million signatures in support of marriage equality will be delivered to Barack Obama on his first day in office.

Join The Impact has an Open Letter to Barack Obama. On Saturday, there will be a rally at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market). Speakers will discuss DOMA and at the end of the rally, volunteers will lead groups to different neighborhoods in SF and the Bay Area to collect signatures.


We will provide these supplies for those who are unable to bring them.

After collecting signatures: We are working on a drop off location in the Castro neighborhood to drop off the signed petitions and open letter copies, along with the borrowed clipboards and pens. Please check back for more information.

What: National DOMA Protest and Signature Gathering: Collect 100,000 signatures to repeal DOMA! RSVP at Facebook
When: Saturday, January 10, 11 A.M.
Why: Show President-Elect Obama and the world that GLBTQI people and our allies support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and fighting homophobia. Hold Obama accountable and urge him to turn his campaign promises into reality.
Where: Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro & Market (Castro Muni Stop)

Join us on January 10th for One Million Signatures to Repeal DOMA!

For more information on the nitty gritty of the petition,
IMPORTANT: We all have to use the official letter and signature page so that they can be joined together and sent to President Obama as one cohesive piece. If you are not using the official Join The Impact letter, your signatures will not be sent in.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that the signature be on the official signature sheet or one of the sheets provided by over the past two weeks. Due to many great ideas, the signature sheets have evolved since the first version. For those of you that took early initiative using an early version of the signature sheet, all of your hard work is still completely valid and extremely appreciated! Any signature sheet not made by Join The Impact will not be valid for legal reasons.


  • Print one copy of the Open Letter to Barack Obama (PDF) for each set of official signature sheets (PDF).
  • Show your signers the full letter.
  • Print as many of the signature sheets as you think you can fill. Each page holds 20 signatures. Sheets with less than 20 signatures will still be accepted.
  • Please ask your signers if they have already signed, try to avoid duplicate signatures.
  • Your signers DO NOT need to include their full address; only the ZIP CODE is required.
  • NO ONE will contact your signers and they will not be put on any mailing list. The petition is solely for the purpose of mailing to Obama and showing him that there is widespread support for repealing DOMA.


Filed under DOMA Protest, JoinTheImpact, Prop. 8, Prop. 8 Protest, San Francisco

2 responses to “National DOMA Protest

  1. Don’t forget, that if you’re collecting signatures on private property, like at a mall, you need to have the property owner’s permission to be there, otherwise they may ask/tell you to leave. At the very least, you should talk to the security people at your site to make sure they know why you are there and that you intend to be peaceful throughout your activities.

    Let’s make this peaceful and be as respectful of people who may not be on our side as we possible can. If someone is getting in your face or goading you, just ask them politely to move on. If you’ve already created a relationship with the security in the area you’re collecting signatures, then you can refer anyone who’s getting in your face to the security guards.

  2. protest8sf

    Hi Chris – all the actions so far have been peaceful, and keeping that track record would be great. Standing outside malls or giving security people a heads up is a good idea. There will probably be anti-marriage equality people turning up to the events; the best thing to do is politely ignore them, because they’re just trying to waste our time and start a fight so that they can pretend they’re the oppressed victims!

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