USA: Obama Administration Will No Longer Block Benefits for Same Sex Spouses of Veterans

Written by scott on September 5th, 2013

Department of Veteran's Affairs logoAttorney General Eric Holder just announced that the US Government will no longer enforce Title 38 language that blocked benefits to the spouses gay and lesbian veterans.

The Washington Blade reports:

The Obama administration has determined that it will no longer enforce a portion of U.S. code governing veterans benefits to deny gay veterans benefits for their same-sex spouses. In a letter dated Sept. 4, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder notifies U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of the change in the way the Justice Department will enforce Title 38 of the U.S. code.

“[I]n light of subsequent developments and my recommendation, the President has directed the Executive Branch to cease enforcement of Sections 101(3) and 101(31) of Title 38,” Holder writes. “Decisions by the Executive Branch not to enforce federal laws are appropriately rare. Nonetheless, for the reasons described below, the unique circumstances here warrant non-enforcement.”

Our gay and lesbian veterans deserve the same respect and treatment that straight veterans get – their service is no less honorable.

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