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The couple hopes to have children someday, but that would create further layers of what they say are discriminatory rules. For now this self described "boring couple" say they look forward to the day their children would be born and raised in a post DOMA world.
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"As a federal employee and as an airman, you get a constant reminder that you second class," Jamelle told CNN. "I had to list Karane as my sister just so that someone would call her in the event that I killed or missing in action, or I hurt on the job. She can be my emergency contact, she can receive my remains. government employee. She enjoys the benefits of her relationship with Jamelle because her local government in the nation capital recognizes same sex marriage. In neighboring Virginia, which does not recognize their marriage, the couple says they are viewed as "legal strangers."
Jamelle and Karane said they hit it off immediately after they met by chance at a downtown club Ladies Night, and felt like they had known each other forever. They were together four years before marrying last October.
That has left House Republicans in the unconventional position of stepping in to argue it should stay in place, at least for now. solicitor general office. But President Barack Obama, in an election year stunner, said last May he now supported same sex marriage. The president had already ordered Attorney General Eric Holder not to defend DOMA.
That raised the question of whether any party could rightfully step in and defend the law.
By Bill Mears CNN Supreme Court ProducerFor Karane and Jamelle Thomas Williams, this is a fight for recognition by the federal government of their legal same sex union, part of a landmark constitutional appeal over same sex marriage and "equal protection." Their love has united them, but the larger social issue has split the country for more than four decades.
"Technically, I am a single person deploying," she said. "So I don have any protection for my family. I could deploy tomorrow and there would be nothing in place to help my family. It would be just me. So that definitely scary. Financially, making sure that the responsibility that we have to each other and to our families is taken care of, and it would be like I leaving Karane in a lurch."
states whether and how they should "evolve" on such an established institution. She said liberty is fundamental right, but that government also has broad discretion to affirm the idea marriage is mainly about ensuring biological children are raised in a stable two parent family with a mother and father.
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Four federal district courts and two appeals courts have already struck down the law restrictive benefits provision.
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should be enough to keep the high court out of the current case.
"DOMA important because Congress said it important," said Austin Nimocks, senior counsel at the legal ministry Alliance Defending Freedom. Some activists worry nine unelected justices will issue a sweeping 50 state mandate and redefine marriage as whatever personal bond they now think it is.
Karane added: "It like we have to still go above and beyond just to get to where heterosexual couples already are."
Karane serves her community as a Metropolitan Police officer. Air Force Reserve. But since she is a federal worker, the couple cannot share the 1,000 plus federal perks enjoyed by married heterosexuals joint tax returns, loan programs for veterans, and survivor, pension, bankruptcy, family medical leave and health insurance benefits.
At issue is what role the federal government should play when it comes to marriage something states have traditionally controlled.
They believe they are burdened by a triple social stigma as women, black and lesbians.
Karane said she went to Jamelle mother first to ask her daughter hand in wedlock. Sitting in their comfortable Washington home, they appear blissfully happy being together, but DOMA has put unexpected strains on the marriage because of "little frustrations." For one thing, they worry what could happen when Jamelle Converse All Star Black And White Low Top
Under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996, marriage is defined for federal purposes as between one man and one woman. That means the estimated 120,000 gay and lesbian couples legally married in nine states and the District of Columbia are still considered in the eyes of DOMA opponents the equivalent of girlfriend and boyfriend.
"Let not confuse the issue of DOMA and the administration decision that it was unconstitutional," House Speaker John Boehner, R Ohio, told CNN. "It is not their role to decide what constitutional. DOMA was a law that was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Clinton. In our system of government, the administration doesn get to decide what constitutional the Supreme Court does.
Rulings in that and a related appeal over state marriage laws are expected from the high court Wednesday.
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