A federal judge has set a Thursday deadline for parties to tell him why he shouldn’t side with gay service members and veterans and their spouses in an ongoing challenge to benefits statutes. The deadline comes three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling struck down the federal definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act.
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.
The extent of the benefits is not yet clear, but LGBT advocates call for all “benefits available under current law.”
“Senator Hagel has said he is ‘committed to LGBT military families,’ so, if nominated and confirmed, he should immediately extend, via secretarial directive, all benefits available to married same-sex military couples and families,” OutServe-SLDN’s Allyson Robinson says.
The possible defense secretary nominee’s apology “shows just how far as a country we have come when a conservative former Senator from Nebraska can have a change of heart on LGBT issues,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin says. UPDATE: Hormel is less satisfied than HRC is with the apology.
A watershed moment in the LGBT rights movement. “The fight is not over,” says OutServe-SLDN’s new chief, Allyson Robinson.
No time to hear from Captain Darrah in Tampa, a spokesman for McDonnell says. The Virginia Republican thanks Darrah for her service.