Out but not equal
Out but not equalDOMA leaves gay military spouses without benefits.
The repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was lauded as a great milestone, preventing the dismissal of US troops from the military due to their sexual orientation. Although this permitted gays in the military to be more open, it did not necessarily afford their spouses with benefits like housing and health insurance. This is in large part due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which only allows the military to recognise marriages between a man and a woman.
Should the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” be viewed as a success it if didn’t bring equality?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Allyson Robinson, @allysonrobinson
Executive Director, Outserve-SLDN
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Family Research Council
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and her wife, Karen
Plaintiffs, McLaughlin v. Panetta
Officer Dan LaMotte (Ret.) and his parter, Commander Scott Pierson, join us via Google+ hangout.
Do you think the US is moving towards federal recognition of same-sex marriage? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.