Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-25
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit
Jazz vocalist and bandleader Elaine Dame will be holding down a Thursday ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act introduced
From HRC, SLDN news releases
2012-06-28

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Servicemembers Legal Defense Network statement

(Washington, DC) Army Veteran and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis today applauded the introduction of HR 6046, the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2012 (MSET) that would change the definition of "spouse" in four areas of U.S. Code related to recognition, support, and benefits for married service members and veterans. The changes - including Titles 10, 32, and 38 that are challenged in SLDN's landmark litigation, McLaughlin v. U.S., filed in October 2011 - would ensure that spouses of the same gender are eligible for key military benefits.

"Our nation's senior military leaders and commanders on the ground are increasingly uncomfortable with administering two classes of recognition, support and benefits for our nation's service members - one for straight service members and a different one for their gay and lesbian peers. There cannot be two classes of service members, and this legislation addresses that effectively," said Sarvis.

In his remarks at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson referenced the growing awareness of this disparity among leadership in the armed forces.

"The repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' exposes certain inequalities between similarly situated couples in the military community. This troubles many of our leaders," said Johnson.

In addition to the titles challenged by SLDN's court case, the bill - introduced by House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) - also adds a favorable controlling definition of "spouse" to Title 37 to provide greater uniformity of benefits for same-sex spouses. Taken together, MSET would extend dozens of important spousal benefits and support programs to same-gender spouses, including coverage under TriCare insurance, an increased housing allowance, and survivor benefits.

"Ranking Member Smith has recognized with the introduction of this legislation today that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal - while a monumental achievement for gay and lesbian service members and all Americans - does not finish the job of ensuring full equality for these brave patriots and their families. We thank him for his leadership and urge his colleagues in both parties and in both houses of Congress to join him and us in this important fight," said Sarvis.

Sarvis said he expects a companion bill to be introduced soon in the U.S. Senate and that SLDN, working with allies, will seek to gain co-sponsors for the legislation in both bodies.

"Just as SLDN did in the fight to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' we are now engaged in a two-front campaign to gain full equality for service members, veterans, and their spouses in the courts and on Capitol Hill. This bill - just like our case before the courts - is about justice for gay and lesbian military families providing the same service, taking the same risks, and making the same sacrifices for our country as their straight, married peers. The military should not be forced to turn its back on them because the federal government does not recognize their marriages," said Sarvis.

ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 11,500 requests for assistance. To learn more, visit www.sldn.org . Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: Call 1-800-538-7418 or 202-328-3244 x100.

HRC Statement on Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act: Bill ensures same-sex military spouses receive important benefits and support>/b>

Washington— The Human Rights Campaign — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization — today commended Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) for introducing the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, important legislation that ensures same-sex spouses in the nation's armed services receive critical benefits that the federal Defense of Marriage Act currently prohibits.

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement:

"The Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act represents an important step forward in the ongoing work to achieve full equality in our nation's military. This legislation recognizes that all military families make extraordinary sacrifices and exhibit unparalleled bravery — yet not all of those families are treated with the same dignity and respect. To achieve that, we also must continue pushing for full repeal of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. We've seen so much progress since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was implemented last fall — but we still have much work to do in achieving full equality for men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our country."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Advocates to argue in Supreme Court marriage cases announced 2015-03-31
Veterans speak on love and secrets in military 2015-03-27
LGBTQ media confab looks ahead to post-marriage reporting 2015-03-25
Married same-sex couples still denied many veterens' benefits, bill reintroduced 2015-03-24
Rainbow Wedding Network holds annual LGBT wedding expo 2015-03-24
Puerto Rico no longer defending marriage ban 2015-03-20
A love affair to remember 2015-03-18
Former Chair Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen to speak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 2015-03-18
Hilton Orrington hosts first-ever bridal fair 2015-03-17
Presbyterians approve same-sex marriage 2015-03-17
Puerto Rico may drop opposition to same-sex marriage 2015-03-16
Out at CHM: Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell 2015-03-13
Navy's top enlisted sailor supports open service by transgender troops 2015-03-13
Potential advocates for marriage equality in the high court 2015-03-11
Gay marriages halted in Alabama 2015-03-11
Emanuel, Madigan join briefs for marriage equality 2015-03-11
Supreme Ct. to hear marriage case April 28 2015-03-11
National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion 2015-03-10
World news: Slovenia OKs marriage; McKellen aims to save gay pub 2015-03-10
Chamber of commerce hosts LGBT wedding expo 2015-03-10
Army takes steps to protect transgender troops 2015-03-06
Emanuel, City of Chicago join other mayors backing marriage equality 2015-03-06
IL Atty Gen. Lisa Madigan joins amicus brief for marriage equality 2015-03-06
Freedom to Marry files amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court 2015-03-06
Report shows 700,000 Americans part of a same-sex couple 2015-03-05
Supreme Court to hear marriage equality cases on April 28, 2015 2015-03-05
Military chaplains go anti-LGBT route 2015-03-04
Local entertainment: Queen Latifah; Madonna; Gay horror-movie screening; gay marriage exhibit 2015-03-04
National news shorts: Wedding in Texas; Autopsy, report differ; Gay priest dies 2015-03-03
National roundup: Marriage in Ala. and Neb.; trans suicide 2015-03-03
Gay marriages halted in Alabama 2015-03-03
People's brief for marriage equality to go to Supreme Court 2015-03-03
AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families 2015-03-03
Jeb Bush maintains anti-marriage equality stance 2015-02-28
Ohio marriage case brief filed at U.S. Supreme Court 2015-02-27
Tennessee couples ask Supreme Court to end checkerboard of marriage laws 2015-02-27
Same-sex married war veteran denied veterans benefits 2015-02-26
A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity 2015-02-25
New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 2015-02-24
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service 2015-02-22





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship
 
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black'
 
Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments
 
PASSAGES Carl Sharp
 
Accepting HIV status is 'strength' for Chicago athlete
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.