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Gay Rights Orgs. Attack DOMA for Hurting Gay Servicemembers

May 16, 2012
The gay rights organizations Freedom to Marry and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have teamed up for a campaign emphasizing how same-sex military families are hurt by the Defense of Marriage Act.

The "Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry" campaign launched with an online video depicting the relationship between Monica and Naomi, before Naomi is deployed to Afghanistan. The video, arguing the law means gay military families are treated unequally, concludes with the line: "What if you lost the person you love and you were the last to know?" (Check it out below.)

While DOMA affects all same-sex couples, Freedom to Marry president Evan Wolfson said the campaign is focusing on military families to help demonstrate how unfair the law is.

"It's a particularly compelling example of how really discriminatory this denial of marriage is when you have people who are serving this country and the families that love them are being shut out of protection," Wolfson told the Alley.

The campaign will include video and social media outreach to raise awareness of the issue and will encourage people to urge their lawmakers to repeal DOMA.


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