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Geraldine and Suzanne Artis, of Clinton, Conn., hold hands during a hearing entitled "S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families." Solmonese is among the witnesses to testify in the hearing. The Artis' have been together for 17 years and have three sons (left to right) Zanagee, 11, Gezani, 11, and Geras, 13.