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Ronald Wallen, of Indio, Calif., displays a photo of his deceased partner at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Mr. Wallen testified that he was denied federal benefits after his partner's death because of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Photographs by Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times Ronald Wallen, of Indio, Calif., displays a photo of his deceased partner at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Mr. Wallen testified that he was denied federal benefits after his partner's death because of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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