Friday, October 28, 2011

Challenging DOMA

Taking part in a constitutional challenge to federal law is not something I ever imagined I would do. I have always believed though that if an individual perceives a wrong, and has an ability to impact or change that wrong for the better, the individual is obligated to act. I believe it a fundamental violation of the American value that all are created equal, and a failure of my professional value as a military officer that one must always do the honorable, hard right over the easy wrong, to stand silent in the face of unfair, unequal treatment of my family and other gay or lesbian families serving in the Nation's military. I am sworn to uphold the constitution and I believe the Defense of Marriage Act and other laws that influence military regulations to deny equal treatment are unconstitutional. I am grateful that I live in a country where an individual can participate in an action of such magnitude as I and my co-plaintiffs have taken in order to correct the injustice of mandated unequal protection and treatment perpetrated at the federal government level. The military follows the law. Only the President and Congress can change the law.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network SLDN Files Landmark Litigation

Meet the DOMA Challenge Plaintiffs

The complaint as filed in the US District Court of the state of Massachusetts

Army Lieutenant Colonel Vicki Hudson remarks at SLDN Press Conference announcing DOMA Challenge 10/27/2011

Navy Lieutenant Gary Ross on MSNBC

Josh Snyder, husband of Plaintiff Stephen Hill on MSNBC

Josh Snyder with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC

NPR All Things Considered 10/27/11 Gay Service Members Challenge DOMA

The Advocate online Why Our Family is Fighting DOMA

Huffington Post Gays in the Military Bring Lawsuit to Overturn DOMA

ABC News Gay and Lesbian Service Members Sue Government

CBS News Married, gay service members sue government

USA Today Gay and lesbian service members sue U.S.

Blog Mombian Lesbian Moms Among Plaintiffs in Servicemembers' Lawsuit Against DOMA

Stars and Stripes 8 service-members file lawsuit seeking benefits for same-sex spouses Rye Guardswoman is one of 16 suing feds for same-sex rights

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1 comment:

  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing...all publicity is good publicity. :)