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Thom Watson & Jeff Tabaco

Thom Watson & Jeff Tabaco

Thom Watson and Jeff Tabaco look forward to the day that they can marry in their home state of California. Learn More »

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo are plaintiffs in the American Foundation for Equal Rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's Prop 8. Learn More »

Niles da Silva & Thiago da Silva

Niles da Silva & Thiago da Silva

Federal discrimination means that a marriage license won't keep them together once Niles da Silva's visa expires. Learn More »

Nathalie Gaulthier & Hope Hall

Nathalie Gaulthier & Hope Hall

Federal marriage discrimination means that ope Hall can't sponsor her wife Nathalie Gaulthier for a green card so that they can remain permanently in the U.S. Learn More »

Mignon & Elaine Moore-Harley

Mignon & Elaine Moore-Harley

"We feel like we're in limbo," explain Mignon Moore and Elaine Harley speaking about the difficulty of not having their marriage federally recognized. Learn More »

Kris Perry & Sandy Stier

Kris Perry & Sandy Stier

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are plaintiffs in the American Foundation for Equal Rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's Prop 8. Learn More »

Jonathan Franqui & Navy Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe

Jonathan Franqui & Navy Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe

"DOMA takes a lot of our pockets and out of our relationship," says Jonathan Franqui about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act affects his marriage to Navy Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe. Learn More »

Jim Lawser & Duane Bandel

Jim Lawser & Duane Bandel

When Duane was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, the doctor refused to speak to his husband Jim because Jim didn't have paperwork "proving" the relationship. Learn More »

Jessica Perkins & Gemma Perkins

Jessica Perkins & Gemma Perkins

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. Learn More »

Jamelle & Karane Thomas-Williams

Jamelle & Karane Thomas-Williams

Jamelle said that it’s upsetting that as a federal employee, she has to jump through many hoops just to take care of her wife, Karane. She worries about health insurance for their future child and how to ensure that their wills are properly handled. Learn More »

Geraldine Artis & Suzanne Artis

Geraldine Artis & Suzanne Artis

Geraldine and Suzanne take a financial hit each tax season because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the federal government from honoring their marriage preventing them from filling taxes jointly. Learn More »

Corianton Hale & Keith Bacon

Corianton Hale & Keith Bacon

"Marriage is about professing your intentions to your community, and sharing the commitment in a meaningful, celebratory way," says Corianton Hale & Keith Bacon. Learn More »

Barbara Levine-Ritterman & Robin Levine-Ritterman

Barbara Levine-Ritterman & Robin Levine-Ritterman

The challenges that Robin and Barbara Levine-Ritterman and their family have faced are made much harder by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Learn More »

Ashley Broadway & Heather Mack

Ashley Broadway & Heather Mack

As long as DOMA exists, couples like Ashley Broadway and Heather Mack will continue being treated like second-class citizens with second-class marriages. Learn More »