Why Repealing (Overturning) DOMA matters

Many of my friends may have been seeing some posts lately on my Facebook about the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) pending decision relating to DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). These posts relate to the SCOTUS reviewing a challenge to Section 3 of DOMA which “codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns” (Wikipedia).

So why is this important? For two reasons (to me).

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Amex Members Project: Donors Choose

American Express is currently donating $1 for any AMEX card holder that signs up for the Members Project. Card members have been able to nominate a charity that will receive up to $5million to bring their idea to life. Currently, there are five finalists, and you can review each of these here.

I’d like to tell you about an exciting project idea featured in The Members Project. It’s called “Teachers ask. You choose. Students learn.” and it’s one of 5 projects still in the running for $1 million to $5 million in American Express funding. I’m supporting this project, because I think it provides something that is needed in our society – educational opportunities.

So if you are an American Express card holder, I encourage you to go vote for this project at www.membersproject.com.

Remembering Col. Canfield D. Boone

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Col. Canfield D. BooneA few weeks back I signed up for Project 2,996. 2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11. On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

I was fortunate to be allocated Col. Canfield Demonte (“Bud”) Boone of the United States Army National Guard. Col. Boone was born on February 2, 1948, and died in the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 at the age of 54. He served in the Army for 31 years (Army of One Memorial). At his funeral, Col. Boone’s family received the military awards and honors given to their loved one by the United States government which included the Legion of Merit Award, the Purple Heart, the State of Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, the Cold War Certificate and the Honorable Service Certificate.
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