Monday, February 11, 2013

11 February 2013 Equal risk, unequal rights

Cassi Creek:  Last night’s winds have diminished.  No apparent damage at our location. 
          This morning I read an article that infuriated me.  It concerns the treatment of same sex couples serving in the armed forces who are not afforded survivor rights and benefits when one of the couple is killed in action.   This is not a military/DOD decision; but a direct result of the “Defense of Marriage Act” passed by Congress. 
          As with any other same-sex couples, military personnel deserve the rights and privileges of any other legally married couple.  It is particularly heinous to deny these rights and benefits to people who have lost their lives in service to this nation. 
          The DOMA is a horrendous example of religion-driven bigotry that should be declared unconstitutional and removed from the U.S. legal codes. 

A law that adds to gay military widows’ grief

By Tracy Johnson, Published: February 10

Tracy Johnson is a staff sergeant in the North Carolina National Guard. The views expressed here are her own.

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