Military Personnel in Same-Sex Marriages Sue for Spouse Benefits

Military Personnel in Same-Sex Marriages Sue for Spouse Benefits

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by Levi Newman on November 7, 2011

 

A group of married gay and lesbian military personnel have sued the federal government in an attempt to obtain the same benefits as married heterosexual military personnel. The lawsuit states that the government’s Defense of Marriage Act violates their constitutional rights and asks the military to recognize their marriages and provide spousal benefits.

Under DOMA, the Pentagon is required to ignore same-sex marriages, protecting one state from having to abide by other states’ marriage laws.

The lawsuit contests that the continued denial of benefits to gay and lesbian spouses is a threat to national security. Under DOMA, the military has already recognized that “service members who are distracted by thoughts that their loved ones are not being cared for may render the service members less effective combatants.”

The lawsuit focuses on benefits given to straight married couples, including medical and dental benefits, housing allowances, travel and transportation allowances, survivor benefits and the right to be buried together in military cemeteries.

The plaintiffs are confident the government won’t contest the lawsuit, quoting a statement from President Obama about DOMA in which he said, “I believe the law runs counter to the Constitution, and it’s time for it to end, once and for all.”

 

Photo thanks to s_falkow under creative commons license on Flickr.

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Donald Ward November 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

This is exactly the BS that everyone tried to warn about, the gay agenda coming to roost in the Armed Forces. As long as DOMA stands, and I hope it stands for the rest of my lifetime, there are no “married” gays and therefore no “benefits” due them from the Armed Services. Remember how the gays said they “would not” try this?? Liars, as usual.

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Gerald David Sellers November 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I can’t wait for all Americans to be ” Equal”. Our constitution tells we are but, I don’t believe that the people make laws. The rich make laws and the people have to abide them. I have been in a relationship with My husband by right for years now and the fact that we can not get married and have all the rights as everyone else pisses me off.. I would fight and die for my country. My country just wants me to go away and live in the closet.. Please please give us the rights we deserve. I pay taxes more then most. I follow all the other laws that don’t tell me who to love… Help me..

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Richard M Peck November 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

America was founded by people who believed in God . Try looking for answers there.

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Dave Beaulieu November 8, 2011 at 6:25 am

If you say you didn’t see this coming they you are either blind of very stupid. I have said all along that if this ever goes through it will just open a barrell of worms. Our great military personnel have more important things to worrry about, believe me. I am one of those of voted absolutely against, not because I am homophobic, because it will destory the the very fabric and traditions of our military. Don’t tell me change get with the times because I will tell you BS! You get with reality!!!!

Dave

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