Sunday, January 20, 2013

NYT: Same-Sex Married Couples Face Continuing Unequal Treatment In Military

A front-page article in today's New York Times explores the continuing unequal treatment of married same-sex couples in the military.  Despite the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act still bars recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes of various benefits. There is also less formal discrimination. At a military retreat at Ft. Bragg designed to help couples cope with the pressures of deployments and relocations, a same-sex couple was asked to leave because they were making others uncomfortable. The retreat was organized by military chaplains, and the lesbian couple had been told in advance that they were welcome. The chaplains now say that was erroneous advice.

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