Gay Spouses Denied Veterans Benefits


The Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional, but gay wedded couples are still not receiving spousal benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The denial comes as a result of Title 38 of the U.S. code regarding veterans benefits, which defines marriage as the union between members of the opposite sex and is independent of DOMA.

The Limited Reach of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings
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How proponents of marriage equality and progressives generally proceed from this point depends on understanding exactly what Wednesday’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 said and didn’t say. To do that, we must look beyond the headlines. Given the narrow reach of the court’s rulings in the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, here are three takeaways for marriage equality proponents.

Scalia Freaks Out in Gay Marriage Dissent

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Justice Antonin Scalia had what amounts to the equivalent of a legal meltdown in the dissent he wrote for the Defense of Marriage Act case, dismissing the majority opinion as "legalistic argle-bargle" and claiming that it promoted "homosexual sodomy."

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