Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Governor-elect Maggie Hassan's inaugural ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, January 3.

Morgan and her wife, Karen, are two of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as it relates gay and lesbian service members.

Morgan has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and doctors believe she has only months to live.

Six couples are represented by OutServe-SLDN in the legal challenge filed in the same Boston federal court which ruled last year that DOMA is unconstitutional. DOMA prevents federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples. With the law in place, Karen would be barred from receiving military, Social Security and other benefits which would help her care for the couple's five-year-old daughter, Casey Elena.

“Charlie Morgan is a national treasure and a treasure to her home state of New Hampshire. We could not be happier that Governor-elect Hassan has chosen to honor her work and her fight for equality in this way,” Allyson Robinson, executive director of OutServe-SLDN, said in a statement.

In February, Morgan visited House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, to share her story with him and ask him to drop his legal defense of the law.