‘Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry’ campaign impacts online community

Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry, our new campaign demonstrating the negative impacts that the Defense of Marriage Act has on military families, has made a strong impression online this week. We have teamed up with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) to specifically tackle the ways in which the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages, harms military families. 

The video that accompanies the campaign launch has already been viewed over 32,000 times on YouTube. Viewers have shared the video on Facebook and Twitter, applauding it as a moving portrayal of the discrimination that gay and lesbian service members face. The campaign has been discussed in a wide range of media — including TowleroadPoliticoJoeMyGodSiriusXM's OutQ News Blog, and Think Progress.

The video, embedded below, is just the beginning of the Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry campaign, which will focus on the federal benefits that gay and lesbian couples in the military are not eligible for, including shared health insurance and medical coverage, joint housing on military bases, and surviving spouse benefits.

Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have begun a petition that addresses a number of these issues head-on. The message to the members of Congress reads:

The so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) forces the military to treat married gay and lesbian service members and veterans and their families differently than it treats all other married service members and their families. Spouses are denied access to health insurance, military bases, housing, and survivor benefits. If a lesbian or gay service member is killed, wounded, or missing in action, the spouse is not notified or even provided counseling and support. DOMA burdens service members, harms their families, and undermines military morale and fair play.

Please end this discriminatory and unequal treatment of our service members and veterans by repealing DOMA. 

Help us fight DOMA by signing the petition, sharing the launch video, and standing up for all military families in the country.