We have come far in our fight for equal justice under law. But we still must work to educate our communities about the reality of LGBT people’s lives.
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Like many young newlyweds, Gloria and Jackie, both 24, enjoy spending a lot of time together. They eat breakfast together every morning before Jackie goes to work at one of her three jobs. They text each other throughout the day and steal away together when Jackie is free between jobs. On days off Gloria and Jackie do the grocery shopping and the laundry together, or head to the beach in their North Shore community. Despite their strong and loving bond – not to mention their marriage – there is one thing that could keep them apart: the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Gloria is a Pakistani national and because DOMA prevents federal recognition of their marriage, Jackie is unable to sponsor Gloria for U.S. citizenship, as other Americans can do for their foreign-born spouses.