Photographer shares 7 moving portraits of military families harmed by DOMA

For the past three months, Tatjana Plitt, an artist from Australia, has been working on a photography project to document the challenges that gay and lesbian service members and their partners face in the United States. Here, she shares seven of her portraits with Freedom to Marry to demonstrate how DOMA hurts.

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San Francisco same-sex couple wins insurance case, deals another blow to DOMA

Last week, the Judicial Council of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a same-sex couple in an legal case involving a government insurance plan. The victory for Christopher Nathan and Thomas Alexander represents a significant demonstration of the fact that federal judges across the country are speaking out against DOMA whenever possible.

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Corri and Dianne continue riding the marriage roller coaster in California

Corri Planck and Dianne Hardy-Garcia are riding a roller coaster. Since May 2008, when the California Supreme Court extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, Corri and Dianne, and other same-sex couples in California, have experienced momentous victories, crushing setbacks, and a relentless period of uncertainty about the future of marriage in the state.

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How DOMA makes Nathalie Gaulthier a permanent guest in the country she calls home

Because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples are deprived of more than 1,000 protections and responsibilities afforded to married different-sex couples. For Nathalie and Hope - and thousands of other binational same-sex couples like them - this includes the ability to sponsor your spouse for a green card to allow them to move permanently to the United States.

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For Summer and Celeste, DOMA repeal means protection for their daughter

Although they have been together for almost three years, Summer says that she and fiancé Celeste struggle to have their relationship recognized by the Army. This is largely due to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which forces the U.S. military to discriminate against same-sex couples and their families because it denies federal respect of marriages between same-sex couples.

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In the Life Media profiles Edie Windsor and her DOMA challenge

In the Life, a national LGBT-focused television program, has released a new video showcasing Edith Windsor, the 83-year-old New Yorker at the center of Windsor v. United States, one of the primary lawsuits challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Airman First Class Henderson and husband explain how DOMA hurts their family

Today, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network released a new video in our joint Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry campaign, which spotlights the ways in which the marriages of gay and lesbian service members are not respected by the federal government. The latest video in the series features Airman First Class Daniel Henderson and his husband Jerret, who married in Iowa

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‘In The Life’ series examines how DOMA affects five married couples

Yesterday, 'In the Life' released a new 30-minute special called Married But Not Equal. The episode features five same-sex married couples and how they are directly impacted by the so called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Our lives as a binational couple

Because I am from London and David is from New York, and because we are both men, we find ourselves in an unusual situation - a binational relationship where we are denied the freedom to marry and everything that comes with that - including the ability to have David sponsor me to move to the United States permanently. We have to make our partnership work across two continents.

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Anniversary of 1st NY marriages bittersweet for binational couple Gemma and Jessica

Jessica and Gemma's happiness has been interrupted by the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married same-sex couples from obtaining permanent U.S. residency for a spouse from another country. Because Gemma is from the United Kingdom, the harms of DOMA immediately hit the couple hard. "Every day we were together felt like it was interrupted by a ticking time bomb. Every day, there was that fear of losing each other. It took a huge emotional toll on us and made everything ten times harder," Jessica said.

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