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Even with changes for marriage equality beginning in Washington and New Jersey this week, on this Valentine's Day the love of so many LGBT couples remains legally taboo.
That's in part why one married couple shared on YouTube today the story of their separation by the consequences of the Defense of Marriage Act. Immigration Equality is highlighting the story of how Yoav Schlezinger opted to return to Israel and leave husband Matt Conley rather than stay in the United States unlawfully. It's one of many stories of bi-national couples who decide to leave for fear of putting their future legal U.S. residence at risk.
Conley announces in the video: "I wish I could be out celebrating with the man I love (and I am married to). But unfortunately he had to move back to Israel because of DOMA. I love my country but I love my man more. So I'm moving to Tel Aviv."
Then he adds this perhaps hopeful promise: "And I'm not coming home until DOMA is repealed."
Watch the video below.