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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:42 PM

Human Rights Campaign: Benefits For Gay Service Members ‘Historic Step’

Human Rights Campaign: Benefits For Gay Service Members ‘Historic Step’

The Human Rights Campaign on Monday praised the Obama administration's leadership in extending certain benefits to gay service members while noting that the Defense of Marriage Act continues to prohibit gay members and their families from full equality in the military.

"Today, the Pentagon took a historic step forward toward righting the wrong of inequality in our armed forces, but there is still more work to be done," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "Since the repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell,’ the Obama administration has shown true leadership on this issue. But even today, the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act makes inequality for gay and lesbian military families a legal requirement."

Here's Griffin's full statement:

"Today, the Pentagon took a historic step forward toward righting the wrong of inequality in our armed forces, but there is still more work to be done. Gay and lesbian service members and their families make sacrifices every day, and this country owes them every measure of support we can provide. Since the repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell,’ the Obama administration has shown true leadership on this issue. But even today, the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act makes inequality for gay and lesbian military families a legal requirement.

It's time to right this wrong. When the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of DOMA in the coming weeks, they should take note of the real harm this law inflicts every day. The Court should reflect on the sacrifice made by Americans like Staff Sergeant Tracy Johnson, whose wife was killed in action late last year, or the family of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who succumbed to cancer earlier this week. In both cases, DOMA barred specific benefits that could soften the tragic blow of the loss of a loved one. The Court should strike down this hateful law once and for all so that this country can finally guarantee full equality for all who serve."

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/human-rights-campaign-benefits-for-gay-service-members


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