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Leukemia Took My Partner & Now DOMA Will Take My Home (VIDEO)

Leukemia Took My Partner & Now DOMA Will Take My Home (VIDEO)


Californian Ron Wallen went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to tell how, after his partner Tom died earlier this year following a battle with leukemia, he was thrown into financial chaos and is facing homelessness because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies him the benefits that straight spouses are granted.

Particularly touching here is the injustice Ron is faced with at a time when he needs help the most.

Watch Ron’s poignant testimony below:


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10:37AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:42AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

58 years with his husband and now this, thanks to DOMA. What a hateful piece of legislation! The sooner it is repealed, the better. Inequality such as this is unacceptable in a so-called first world country.

Supporters of DOMA claim allowing gays to marry will somehow weaken marriage. That is a downright lie. It will strengthen the institution, if anything, as many couples, some of whom have been together for decades, will now benefit from marriage and all that entails.

USA, end DOMA and bring marriage equality into every state.

10:22AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

like the visible senators in the background of this video, i too quickly reached for my tissue as mr. wallen told his story. very touching.

1:55PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

I have been with my partner for 15 years. We are both disabled. I from strokes, she from terrible arthritis and various medical problems. We made out our wills and durable powers of attorney, along with our living wills in CT, and again in Texas. That still doesn't protect us from one brother and his beautiful wife from coming in and taking everything that was mine, and the house. We went down and had her name placed on the title of the house. That MIGHT help her. This should not even have to happen. We spent a good amount of money to protect ourselves. We shouldn't have had to do that.

11:56PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed to every United States citizen. There is life, as of yet there is liberty, but that is not going to last to much longer, pursuit of happiness is a figment of the imagination. Happiness is not going to happen.

6:05AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Just in case you, reader, need a lesson in empathy for us LGBT *human* beings - just in case you need the *obvious* lesson in why we need and deserve FULL marriage equality.

1:00AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:49PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Why is heterosexual marriages in danger from homosexual marriage? How many so-called heterosexual marriages have failed because one partner realized he/she was gay? So that realization is bad? I think it is just the right wing fundie religious nut jobs who are behind this and every young person who is suffering harassment and bullying be given compensation from the school systems that fail to protect them as they do the heterosexual people.

8:51PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

A sad story. I hope he gets the help he needs.

1:52PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Poor man. I hope he doesn't lose his house. I agee with the other posts. Down with DOMA. It needs to be repealed.

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