16 May 2012

Freedom to Marry - for Servicemembers - IMPORTANT

Many people assume that with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay and lesbian service members are finally being treated fairly and equally. But they're not.

The so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) forces the military to treat legally married gay and lesbian service members and their families differently from straight service members and their families -- denying these military families crucial support and protection provided to all other married couples.

Last week, President Obama talked about the unfairness of gay service members fighting to defend our country, while being denied the freedom to marry or the recognition of their marriages. It is a contradiction that compelled him to support marriage equality.

Today, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) are launching Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry, a new multimedia campaign highlighting the stories of military families harmed by federal marriage discrimination.

Watch the first video that demonstrates a powerful and emotional timeline of how DOMA is hurting a military family:

In the coming weeks and months, SLDN and Freedom to Marry will put forward other stories that show the real harms of DOMA to actual military families, including denial of health insurance, survivor benefits, and spousal access to military housing.

These military stories underscore the powerful case Freedom to Marry and SLDN are making together: DOMA must be overturned and the federal government must respect marriages legally recognized in the states.

You can help. Watch and share the video:


Together, we secured the freedom to serve when we repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and together, we will achieve the freedom to marry.

Evan Wolfson
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry

Aubrey Sarvis
Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director

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