In the United States, gay and lesbian couples are denied around 1,100 rights that straight couples have. One of the major rights that affects those from different countries (one from the US, the other from UK as an example), is that the person from outside the US can be denied a visa, and isn’t allowed to apply for a green card though straight married couples can.
The below video, as well as many others on The DOMA Project website (http://www.domaproject.org/), highlight how heartbreaking it is for these couples who’ve been legally married in the US, but are repeated forced apart by DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).
For those who are unaware of what it is:
DOMA is a United States federal law that restricts federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns. (reference Wikipedia)
Please watch the below video, as well as the others on The DOMA Project website.. and share the videos, regardless of where you live.
No matter what country you live in, let’s support our American gay and lesbian brethren as they fight for equal rights.
Love is love, regardless of where you live.