20 Photos: How DOMA blocks Jonathan and Juka’s love, education, and life together

When Juka Mendes moved to the US on a student visa, he never expected to fall in love. But he did, and got married to Air Force member Jonathan Malumay. Now, Juka can no longer afford his education, and in April his visa expires. As a service member, Jonathan is eligible for an education grant that he should be able to transfer to his husband, but because DOMA does not respect his marriage, he cannot do so.

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WATCH: Gay Marine who proposed to fiancé at White House speaks out against DOMA

"A lot of people think that after 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed, that was it - that everything was fixed," U.S. Marine Corps Captain Phelps explains in a new video. "But the reality of it is that the lives of the individual gay or lesbian service member was fixed. But repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' didn't change anything for our families."

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Newlyweds Jamelle and Karane combat DOMA while serving their country and city

By the time Jamelle Thomas and Karane Williams met for their first date, they felt like they had already known each other forever. They hit it off as soon as they first met and married in October 2012, but the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) creates struggles for them every day.

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Pentagon extends new protections to military spouses harmed by DOMA

Today, Sec. of Defense Panetta said he would extend new protections - including military ID cards and access to family support initiatives - to same-sex spouses of active members of the military. DOMA restricts the military from addressing larger concerns, including health care, housing, and survivor's benefits.

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Remembering Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan: Soldier, Mother, Wife

On Sunday, February 10, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard passed away after a courageous struggle with cancer. Freedom to Marry extends our deepest condolences to CW2 Morgan's wife Karen, daughter Casey Elena, and all of the Morgan family.

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Our life in 17 photos: A gay sailor’s love story

Navy Senior Chief Dwayne D. Beebe and Jonathan Franqui have fallen in love and committed their lives together - they were excited to get their marriage license in Maryland, and they look forward to their ceremony in Florida. But their marriage deserves legal respect - respect that cannot happen until all couples have the freedom to marry, and until DOMA is overturned once and for all.

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Lesbian Army wife denied membership to spouses’ club wins Spouse of the Year award

Today, Ashley Broadway, the wife of a female Army officer who captured headlines this year when she was denied full membership for the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses, was revealed as the winner of Fort Bragg's "Spouse of the Year" award. Earlier this week, Ashley and her wife, Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack, celebrated the birth of their second child.

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Five ways the 57th Inauguration embraced and celebrated gay and lesbian Americans

Yesterday's Inauguration was historic and momentous for gay and lesbian Americans, who were celebrated and heralded like never before at a Presidential Inauguration. Here are five landmark ways that the LGBT community was embraced at this weekend's inauguration.

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Photographer prepares for cross-country trip to document how DOMA hurts military families

At the end of 2012, Tatjana Plitt successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to fuel her journey across the United States to reach the dozens of same-sex military couples who have volunteered to lend their story and portrait to speak out against DOMA. We caught up with Tatjana to learn more about her project as she prepares for her journey!

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Military couple Ashley and Heather: How DOMA disrespects our family

Throughout all of their trials - as a same-sex military couple living under DADT, as a same-sex couple in the South, and as a same-sex couple standing up against the insecurities that DOMA causes their family - Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack and her wife Ashley Broadway have continually found strength in each other.

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