« Lesbian den mother challenges Chuck Norris over comments against gay Boy Scouts and leaders | Main | MOVA owner supports Obama healthcare ruling; says South Beach, D.C. bar offers insurance to employees »

Lawmaker backs spousal benefits for military gays

BY DONNA CASSATA, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman wants same-sex benefits for spouses of veterans and service members.

Rep. Adam Smith of Washington is top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. Smith is introducing legislation to make the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments recognize any marriage that has been recognized by a state, the District of Columbia, commonwealths or territories.

His bill would change the definition of spouse in the U.S. code to include same-sex marriages.

Gay marriage is now legal in the District of Columbia and six states - Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

Smith says spouses of service members should not be barred from receiving benefits because they are in same-sex marriages.

Gays now serve openly in the military.

Click here for updates.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2017615e701cd970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Lawmaker backs spousal benefits for military gays:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

It was my belief that this can already be done by some kind of military 'fiat' right from the Pentagon, but hasn't. Wouldn't it violate DOMA? and what about forcing it to happen in states that ban marriage?

Nothing in DOMA forbids the legislature from conferring benefits on same-sex married couples; if those benefits are the same ones that opposite-sex married couples get, DOMA doesn't interfere with that.

Back when DADT was removed, Tony Perkins, head of FRC called it "a tragedy for our armed forces"

Turns out that tony is a racist. people who hate one group usually hate others because they hate themselves.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/picture-worth-thousand-memories

Another example of Perkins type of 'mentality' is
George Rekers, founder of the FRC.

Turns out that Rekers is another secretly gay self hating phobe.

http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne

The comments to this entry are closed.