This Memorial Day we remember our gay & lesbian service members & their families as they continue to serve our country. Even after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ our gay & lesbian military are still confronted with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that forces the military to treat legally married gay & lesbian service members & their families differently than it treats all other married service members & their families.
Ashley Broadway of the American Military Partner Association, the nation’s premier resource and support network for LGBT military families stated, “For far too long, our LGBT military families have been treated as if they aren't important & as if they don't matter. We serve our nation, but without the same support & benefits needed to care for our families. For the sake of our children & family readiness, we must end the discrimination & exclusion caused by DOMA.” Next month the US Supreme Court will rule on the unconstitutionality of DOMA & California’s Proposition 8. As we wait for this decision with nervous anticipation we want to remember all those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom especially our gay & lesbian service members & their families who pay a price every day as they serve our country without the 1100 rights & protections that their straight counterparts receive. It’s time to end the so-called Defense of Marriage Act & honor these brave patriots by treating them equally.
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