Forced apart by DOMA, engaged to be married and fighting to be together
January 20, 2013 /LGBT News/ Here is a story we received via email that is a classic example of how DOMA harms same-sex couples:
My name is Kevin and I am currently engaged to Francis. We are a gay bi-national couple who, like so many others, must endure being separated by continents as a result of the inequality in the marriage laws in the United States.
While many Americans live in states were gay and lesbian couples can legally marry now, all those wonderful loving newlyweds are still unequal in the eyes of the federal government which views them as NOT married. There is no parallel to this in other countries and is a unique characteristic of the way we divide the power to marry couples to the states, but yet reserve to the federal government the power to disregard those same marriages.
Countless citizens will continue to suffer the status as second class citizens as long as DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act passed in the 1990's, is in effect. As countries around the globe recognize that all citizens are to be afforded equal rights, the United States remains a nation that offers specific segments of our society rights yet denies those same liberties to another based solely on out-dated and bigoted perspectives.
I made a promise to Francis. I will not stop, I will not give in, and I will not allow any person, embassy, rule or injustices have the final say in our life together. My voice along with those of other individuals and organizations is growing to fight not only for the dreams of countless couples who are separated or face being forcefully torn apart, but also to end the reign of lawful discrimination.
This battle for equality must be fought and brought to the attention of the American people. It is past time to bring justice and dignity to so many in our nation who only ask for equality.
Read Kevin & Francis' full story here: http://www.domaproject.org/2013/01/forced-apart-by-doma-kevin-and-francis-are-engaged-to-be-married-and-fighting-to-be-together.html
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