Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced a bill yesterday that would open the door for gay and lesbian spouses of U.S. military service members to receive the same benefits granted to heterosexual spouses.
“Smith’s bill, the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2012, would redefine the term “spouse” in federal laws governing military benefits as any individual who has entered into a valid marriage.”
“The current definition of spouse, which comes directly from the Defense of Marriage Act, refers to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.”
Congressman Smith continued:
“Spouses of service members should not be prevented from receiving the benefits they have earned simply because they are the same sex as their partner,”
Under current law, Same-sex military spouses are often denied spousal benefits such as: medical and dental insurance, housing benefits, and treatment in military medical facilities, among many others.
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