Shannon and Casey McLaughlin discuss the harms the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has caused their family in a new video.

The Massachusetts couple married in 2009 and are raising twins Grace and Grant.

They are among the six gay and lesbian couples involved in a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA as it relates to gay troops. Shannon is a major in the Army National Guard.

“Shannon and I are in love. We have two beautiful children. We have a lovely home in a supportive community. Family that's close by that loves us. We have everything that you could want. And the only thing that's standing in the way is DOMA,” Casey says in the nearly 4-minute video released on Tuesday.

“My role in the military and being the breadwinner of the family,” Shannons says, “[DOMA] prevents me from providing benefits for my wife – and she is the mother of my children staying home. I can't put Casey on my health care, for example. But, of course, I have to insure her. And it's a great financial expense.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Ruling increases likelihood Supreme Court will take DOMA case.)