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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Campaign Targets Defense of Marriage Act

Posted by Alex Zielinski on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

A new campaign, "Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry," released its first (emotional) video against the Defense of Marriage Act—a federal law that doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and ultimately denies military personnel's same-sex spouses the privileges that "traditional" spouses have (ie: access to military bases, legal counseling). In this video specifically, a woman's request to contact her possibly-endangered deployed wife is neglected by military officials due to their "unlawful" relationship.

Says Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, in a press release: "Many people assume that, with the repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,' gay men and lesbians serving our country are now being treated fairly and equally, but that’s not the case. We ended the ban on open military service for gay and lesbian Americans, but there is still federal ban on treating married service members as what they are: married."

Here's the clip:


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