For Discussion: The Military Will Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, But Will Not Allow For Marriage Benefits For Gay Couples

- By Bossip Staff

Looks like GLAAD will has more work to do…

Although the goverment has offcially allowed for gay military members to be married and open without fear of being discharged or abused, they still will not recognize their marital status to receive joint benefits.

…in the eyes of the military the marriage will not be recognized and the couple will still be denied most of the benefits the Defense Department gives to heterosexual couples to ease the costs of medical care, travel, housing and other living expenses.

The Pentagon says the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act – which defines marriage for federal program purposes as a legal union between a man and woman – prohibits the Defense Department from extending those benefits to gay couples, even if they are married legally in certain states.

That means housing allowances and off-base living space for gay service members with partners could be decided as if they were living alone. Base transfers would not take into account their spouses. If two gay service members are married to each other they may be transferred to two different states or regions of the world. For heterosexual couples, the military tries to avoid that from happening.

Gay activists and even some commanders say the discrepancy will create a two-tier system in an institution built on uniformity.

“It’s not going to work,” said Army Reserve Capt. R. Clarke Cooper, who heads up the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group that sued the Justice Department to stop the enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “Taking care of our soldiers is necessary to ensure morale and unit cohesion. This creates a glaring stratification in the disbursement of support services and benefits.”

Sounds like the military wants to punish these service members for having to comply with a policy that they don’t agree with…

…The soldier said when he added his boyfriend’s name to the paperwork as a primary beneficiary and identified him as a friend, the non-commissioned officer in charge shut his office door and told him: “Unlike the inherent benefits to being married in the Army, such as housing and sustenance allowances, our life insurance and will don’t discriminate.”

Same-sex partners can be listed as the person to be notified in case a service member is killed, injured, or missing, but current regulations prevent anyone other than immediate family – not same-sex spouses – from learning the details of the death. Same-sex spouses also will not be eligible for travel allowances to attend repatriation ceremonies if their military spouses are killed in action.

Gay spouses also will be denied military ID cards. That means they will not be allowed on bases unless they are accompanied by a service member and they cannot shop at commissaries or exchanges that have reduced prices for groceries and clothing, nor can they be treated at military medical facilities. They also will be excluded from base programs providing recreation and other such kinds of support.

What is the point of allowing these folks to be married and free, yet deny them the things that are due to them as a married couple??

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  • f *** the gay mafia

    Posse up…let me hear ya scream! Take it to court and the feds will bankrupt ya!

  • Niasia

    Militarygal I think your 4 yr old would handle it better than you. Dont blame your bigotry on your child, as that child is without judgement until you do your brain warp on them.

  • butterflykyss

    I’m gay but seriously who cares! There are more important things in life than the military recognizing gay love

  • the real niasia

    I agree with military girl you can definitely tell God is soon to come all those in agreement with this mess will have to answer to the lord.Though no sin is better than the other the matter at hand is he loves the sinner but hates the since he called it an abomination in leviticus read the bible not just the sentence about not judging

  • im me

    People kill me with their ignorant comments. So gay people walk around grocery stores kissing each other and grabbing each other butts? Get over it. Society is changing. Please don’t raise your child to be as close minded as u

  • Jesse

    @imme

    It’s not normal for anyone to walk around kissing and grabbing butts in grocery stores. Gay minds that think this is ok for them to do in a grocery store are actually insane minds (sexual insanity).

  • http://www.bossip.com mimi

    wow its funny how ppl can be so damn judgemental first off not all gay ppl walk around grabbing each other butts and would u think they would do that surrounding children for any couple thats inappropiate..im gay and i think that its messed that that a gay person is good enough to put their life on the line and serve their country but their life partners cant receive the same benefits as other spouses, where is the justice in that this is supposed to be ‘land of the free’ but yet and still were not free to marry who u love and last i checked the united states there is freedom of religion and so u cant push the beliefs of christainity on someone and thats what the government is doing…i can keep going but im done my point has been made

  • Westside cutie!!!!

    @Mimi….first of all no one is being judgmental it’s an opinion of how we feel about the gay agenda being shoved down our throats! And yes I do think that they would show their love and lust for each other in front of children because obviously y’all don’t think it’s nothing wrong with ur lifestyle! And ur talking about y’all good enough to put ur life on the line in the military but ur spouse can’t receive benefits, but that’s the law and it’s not like it’s drafting in the military u chose to sign up for the military so u should already know that if ur gay ur spouse is not getting nada! And last time I checked America is still the “Land of the free” because this is the only country that tolerate y’all B.S! Some countries will kill u over ur lifestyle but y’all still whining’! It’s gonna be people that’s not gonna agree with ur lifestyle and it’s not just religious groups that don’t agree so go on with that mess! And I’m tired of the word homophobia, cause the last time I checked I’m not scared of Gay people I just dont agree with the lifestyle that’s my right! So ur point was definitely invalid!

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