Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

July 18, 2011 by staff 

Don't Ask, Don't TellDon’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Military Gays and lsbns are just a few weeks of complete repeal “Do not Ask, Do not Tell,” the 1993 law that prohibits the open services. But the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act still restrict the benefits available to same-sex couples because the act expressly defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Same sex couples are denied additional housing allowance paid to married couples, the spouse’s expenses for the transfer of a permanent change of station move, consider joining the spouse, if two same-sex military are married to each other and a military identification card of the same sex spouse. The latter would prevent access to base exchanges and commissaries unless accompanied by the military spouse.

All that could change if the Defense of Marriage Act is repealed. The constitutionality of the law has been questioned and the Obama administration has said it will defend DOMA in court.

The Associated Press said in an article Sunday that the Justice Department has filed a brief in federal court in San Francisco in support of a federal employee claiming lsbn federal government denied coverage to same-sex spouses.

“The report said that the claim should be dismissed because DOMA violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and was motivated by hostility to gays and lsbns,” the AP reported.

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