April 25, 2013

Til DOMA Do Us Almost Part
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Leslie F. Malpass Library, Room 180
Description: The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has affected the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens and ignited a civil rights battle that wound up in the Supreme Court last week. This much we know. What many of us donít know is -- what does DOMA do to people in our communities? On Thursday, April 25th at Noon in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, Room 180, University Libraries, the University Committee on Sexual Orientation, and WIUís LGBTQ Center will allow WIU employee, Sveta Apodaca, to describe the struggle she and her wife, Andi, have been through with DOMA.

The Illinois couple had been together for 13 years when they faced a catastrophic prospect of Sveta being sent back to Kazakhstan by means of a DOMA deportation. Sveta lost her employment visa status (and, therefore, her job)óright when she needed the funds to fight the deportation. Sveta and Andi Apodaca did fight DOMA and DOMA fought back. Who won? Well, Sveta is still here telling her story. She will describe her legal struggles, the leadership and assistance she and Andi received from the DOMA Project, a civil rights organization, and explain the struggles of other DOMA Project couples on Thursday.

The discussion is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Any questions can be directed to Bill Thompson at wa-thompson@wiu.edu or Tammy Sayles at tj-sayles@wiu.edu
Contact Information:
 Tammy Sayles
 Phone: 309-298-3298
 Email: TJ-Sayles@wiu.edu
Source: Libraries

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