LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) March 08, 2013
Imhoff and Associates announced today their support of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) that repeals legislation DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). By joining other leading U.S employers across the nation who comprise of the Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal, Imhoff is throwing its full support to end federal discrimination against legally married gay and lesbian couples. Imhoff’s founding principle, Vince Imhoff said, “Joining this coalition for marriage equality is a natural fit for us because we are committed to treating all clients with both dignity and respect as we develop quality legal defenses for them.”
Right now, lawfully married same-sex couples are not recognized by the federal government and are denied more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits, such as filing taxes jointly, taking unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse, and receiving Social Security survivor benefits. Plus, it can be worse for those in the military. Gay and Lesbian service members and their families are further disadvantaged because DOMA forces the U.S. military to discriminate against their marriages.
Work to Overturn Discriminatory Law
If passed, the new legislation will require the federal government to equally apply its policy of looking to the states in determining what legal relationships are eligible for federal benefits.
It will also give same-sex couples the reinsurance that recognized benefits in one state won’t be necessarily discounted in another state that honors the union. So far, six states and the District of Columbia have acknowledged that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry promotes the welfare of not only the couples, but also their children, their communities, and society as a whole.
“Having a long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and equal treatment of employees has been a hallmark of our firm,” says Mr. Imhoff. “We work hard to provide equal benefits to employees, as well as provide an ethical workplace environment. Becoming a part of the Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal affirms this commitment, and we appeal to Congress to pass this important legislation.”
About Imhoff & Associates
As one of the largest criminal defense law firms in the nation, Imhoff leverages the valuable knowledge and experience acquired by their attorneys in multiple jurisdictions. Through their multijurisdictional coverage, they are able to provide quality representation and the necessary compassion to all those faced with criminal charges.
Further information about Imhoff can be found at: http://www.criminalattorney.com