Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Gay Thing: Military To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses Of Gay Veterans

I have a good (straight) friend who is an Army veteran, who advised me that the whole marriage equality issue will be settled in a positive way, because for a coherent cohesive military policy, it must be. I've got to admit, that seems to be how it's playing out. The military operates on rules and order. You can't throw their veterans' benefits into disarray over state squabbles about who was married where, and just who is considered married there. It's all or nothing, and it's looking inevitable that it's going to be all. It's just a shame that it has to take so many baby steps. At least this story is a big step.


Obama, Holder Direct Military To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses Of Gay Veterans

In a dramatic move, Attorney General Eric Holder, on President Barack Obama‘s authority, has directed the military to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of gay veterans. Previously, Title 38, a military provision specifically defining marriage as a man and a woman, had prevented spouses of gay vets from accessing benefits that heterosexual spouses are entitled to. The Attorney General, in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, announced the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling had allowed him to now ignore that provision. . .

Read more at: New Civil Rights Movement

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