There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections that married heterosexual couples get from the Federal Government. But because of the Defense of Marriage Act, gays and lesbians are denied every single one of them—even if they are legally married in the state they live in.
IN THE LIFE sits down with five married, same-sex couples for a look at the real-life impact of the Defense of Marriage Act.
While “Married But Not Equal” focuses primarily on the inequalities in legal rights offered to married gay and straight couples, it is important to remember that marriage is about loving, committed couples who make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other, in good times and bad. DOMA denies LGBT couples the chance to have that loving commitment acknowledged and protected by their country because same-sex marriages are not recognized on a federal level, even if the couple is legally married in the state they live in.
Related Source: GLAAD