Title 38 of the U.S. Code bars equal treatment for same-sex spouses — although lawsuits and legislation are pending that would change that. “We can’t tolerate this type of discrimination,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki backs her bill to change the law.
“The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a monumental achievement for our military and for our country; however, it did not finish the entire job of ensuring that our gay and lesbian service members and their families are treated equally under the law,” the New Hampshire senator says.
Having served in the New Hampshire National Guard, Morgan made her voice heard on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the courts. “I’m trying to stand up for all we believe in in this country,” she said of her efforts, including as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging DOMA.