WATCH: First openly gay Congressman’s widower speaks out against DOMA

Yesterday, Dean Hara, the widower of U.S. Representative Gerry Studds, the first openly gay member of the U.S. Congress, spoke with Democracy Now! about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Acthurts legally married same-sex couples and their families. 

Hara is one of 16 plaintiffs in the Gill v. Office of Personnel Management lawsuit, brought by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders just over four years ago. He and Congressman Studds married in Massachusetts in 2004. 

"A great tide has changed over the last two or three years. It's a different world that we live in." 

Hara spoke about his commitment to Congressman Studds and reflected on how his late husband took a stand in the U.S. legislature by coming out.  

"I think that, as he demonstrated in that act, it gave a lot of other people the confidence and the courage to also stand up. And I think that act has brought us where we are today. Less than 50 years after Stonewall, 30 years after Gerry spoke out on the floor of the House, it's a different world that we live in."

Watch the full piece HERE.