U.S. to Provide Veterans Benefits to Gay Married Couples

I know this has been long awaited and hard fought for. It is no less than any of our Sisters and Brothers whose partner/spouse is in the military fighting for our country. If lesbians and gays and transgendered individuals want to sacrifice their lives for ALL of us, then they and their families should receive the same benefits as ALL soldiers.

The Obama administration will provide veterans benefits to many married same-sex couples, another step by the federal government toward treating gay couples in the same way as their heterosexual counterparts after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The move, announced Wednesday in a letter to Congress by Attorney General Eric Holder, tackles one of the thorny legal issues resulting from the high court’s decision in June to strike down parts of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

However, Wednesday’s move extends veterans benefits only to married gay couples living in states that recognize such unions, officials said. Couples in other states won’t be eligible yet.

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