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Film Tells the Story of Yohandel and Daniel, a Gay Binational Couple Fighting DOMA: VIDEO


In the first of seven short films, The DOMA Project profiles Yohandel and Daniel, a gay binational couple who are fighting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) after meeting and falling in love in Miami.

DomaYohandel contends with the profound disconnect between the ideal of freedom that prompted his parents to leave Cuba and the experience of second-class citizenship that he struggles with as a gay American.

Attorney Lavi Soloway and Los Angeles based filmmaker Brynn Gelbard collaborated on the project:

On a shoe-string budget, Lavi and Brynn have traveled from Boston to Miami Beach, from Charlotte to San Francisco, collecting hundreds of hours of video of married lesbian and gay couples who are fully engaged in the fight against DOMA. These are voices of spouses who are assuming their own equality, who do not need a court or a Congress to tell them that their marriages are deserving of the same respect and, most importantly, the same protection under the law.

Watch Yohandel and Daniel's story, AFTER THE JUMP....

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  1. Profound disconnect? I appreciate Yohandel in regards to gay marriage and few other gay rights issues, but seriously, all that aside, he is a FAR MORE free and better off in every way in the U.S. than in Cuba.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 10, 2012 9:16:35 AM

  2. As is typical with your comments, Rat, you misunderstand the contrast Yohandel is making. He in no way suggests that he would be more "free" or better off in Cuba. Rather, he points out the irony that a nation predicated on freedom and civil liberties does not recognize his legal marriage. He isn't simply comparing the two countries, and he is certainly not valorizing Cuba. Rather, he is contrasting one nation's ideals and its own often hypocritical practices.

    Posted by: SRB | Dec 10, 2012 11:54:59 AM

  3. @SRB,

    I think the phrase 'Profound Disconnect' is rather harsh. That was my point.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 10, 2012 3:48:54 PM

  4. he's right. the US national anthem, as of today, is a lie.

    rather than insisting you're the place of freedom, liberty, justice and bravery, it's time to actually get the work done that would make it a REALITY.

    and no "we have the freedom to deny other people their own freedoms!' doesn't count.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 10, 2012 4:12:43 PM

  5. Do it yoursel KIWI in your own massively screwed up country.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 10, 2012 9:53:00 PM

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