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The Harms of Marriage Discrimination: Older Same-Sex Couples & DOMA

June 10, 2013
9:00 – 10:30 AM
The National Press Club, Zenger Room
529 14th St NW

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Freedom to Marry and SAGE to Hold Panel on DOMA Harms on Older Couples

Event Details

With a Supreme Court decision expected this month in two marriage cases, Freedom to Marry and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) will present a panel on the harms of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act on older same-sex couples. The panel, on June 10 at the National Press Club, will include leaders, experts, and LGBT seniors telling their stories of harm. The event will be moderated by communications and political strategist Hilary Rosen.

Under DOMA, married same-sex couples are denied more than 1,100 protections and responsibilities automatically afforded to other married couples, including Social Security survivor benefits, access to health care and family leave, the ability to pool resources without adverse tax treatment, parenting rights, and familial status for immigration purposes.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Adams, executive director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
  • Sarah L. Byrne, senior legislative representative, Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Dr. Yanira Cruz, president and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • Paul Nathanson, executive director, National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Web Phillips, senior legislative representative, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Hilary Rosen, managing director, SKDKnickerbocker, and CNN commentator
  • Stacy Sanders, federal policy director, Medicare Rights Center
  • Thomas Sciacca, NY attorney with expertise in estate and disability planning
  • Imani Woody, LGBT senior and director and founder of Mary’s House for Older Adults

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