Lesbian guardsman who fought DOMA dies of cancer

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and wife Karen

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and Karen Morgan. Officer Morgan passed away on Sunday.

BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

A lesbian member of the New Hampshire National Guard who fought the Defense of Marriage Act while battling incurable cancer finally succumbed to the disease early Sunday morning. Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan died at age 48 after fighting not only cancer, but working on behalf of LGBT rights as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against DOMA and an outspoken activist in favor of marriage equality. The LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN announced the news of her death on Sunday.

In addition to her efforts against DOMA, Morgan was among those who testified in Minneapolis, Minn, before the 15-member Democratic Party platform drafting committee in favor of including a marriage equality plank in the document. The panel ultimately decided to include the language in the platform.

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