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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:13 PM

BREAKING: Department of Defense extends benefits to same-sex military families.

Just now:

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/301012522037829632

ETA: DoD Memo - http://www.defense.gov/news/Same-SexBenefitsMemo.pdf

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Reply BREAKING: Department of Defense extends benefits to same-sex military families. (Original post)
JaneyVee Feb 2013 OP
Drale Feb 2013 #1
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #3
Drale Feb 2013 #5
cali Feb 2013 #2
CTyankee Feb 2013 #4
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #6
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #8
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #7
Scurrilous Feb 2013 #9

Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:16 PM

1. Its only a matter of time before the Federal Government recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

and then we are really going to see the Repukes through a shit fit.

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Response to Drale (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:19 PM

3. Can the Federal Government do that - i guess for federal employees, it could.

is that what we are talking about?

Bryant

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:24 PM

5. Yes but also if (Hopefully when) the supreme court throws down DOMA

then the Government can extend all federal benefits to Same Sex Couples.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:21 PM

4. shameful that we haven't had this before now but I guess better late than never.

I hope this will help in some way the VAWA get passed in the House...

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:57 PM

6. Wonder why they cant include Federal Employees? nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:37 PM

8. DOMA, I think.

The military has certain benefits that they can extend to same-sex couples because being "married" isn't a requirement. In the memo from SecDef (provided in the link) he addresses that and how DOMA is the last obstacle to extending full equality. When DOMA is gone, Federal employees will have the same treatment.

In a nutshell, it's because the military is different than federal employment.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:34 PM

7. And DOMA is cited as the last roadblock to full equality.

This is big, and I think we are witnessing a great moment in history.

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Response to JaneyVee (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:50 PM

9. K & R

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