Obama Directs Federal Government to Extend Equal Protections to Veterans’ Same-Sex Spouses


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Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry

Washington, DC – Today, the Department of Justice stated that it would no longer enforce a section of the U.S. Code that bars gay and lesbian veterans from receiving protections for their same-sex spouses, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The laws, found in Title 38 of the U.S. Code, were found unconstitutional in a California federal court last week.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“Today the Department of Justice properly affirmed that gay veterans in all fifty states should share in the same respect, support, and protections from the federal government as non-gay veterans, and that no American who has served our country should have to worry about the safety of their loved ones. This is a tremendous victory for America’s legally married gay and lesbian service members and veterans who have bravely and courageously defended our nation, none of whom should be treated as anything less than what they are: married.”


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