House denies benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 15, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Veterans who have same-sex spouses continue to struggle with equality after House Republicans denied them spousal benefits recently.

A panel in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives turned down a measure that would have allowed vets with same-sex spouses to get partner benefits wherever they live in the United States, even in States that ban gay marriage.

The benefits would have included medical care, housing and burial assistance.

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, active service members with same-sex spouses began receiving equal benefits.

But retired service members with same-sex spouses are still ineligible for veteran’s benefits if they live in one of the 31 states that do not allow same-sex marriage.

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  • Juan
    15 September 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Good job Republican,denial of Veterans same sex-spousal benefits is the correct move,it is a waste of taxpayers money, at least you still believed that marriage is between man and a woman. Bakit kami mga hard working citizen are responsible for the healthcare, housing, other benefits sa mga KABIT nang mga Tomboy or Bakla. Now you understand why Gays are for Democrat party, they want free ride for their enjoyment.