DOMA Damage: One Year After DADT, Gay Soldiers Are Still Hurting

By: Daniel Villarreal

Just because gays can now serve open in the military doesn't mean they're equal to their straight counterparts.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an LGBT military advocacy group, and Freedom to Marry whipped up the educational infographic below pointing out five ways that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) screws the legally married spouses of gay soldiers.

Basically, DOMA prohibits the federal government from extending federal benefits to any same-sex married couples, including military health and pension benefits.

Heck, the military doesn't even need to tell same-sex spouses if their husbands and wives died in battle.

It basically spits on our nation's most honored heroes: the soldiers and veterans who lay down their lives for our country. It says that in both life and death, the husbands, wives and children of LGBT soldiers don't matter.

And in times of sickness or loss, those spouses and kids will be left to fend for themselves, because, after all, it's not a family... it's a gay family.

The Pentagon is currently reviewing which federal benefits it could possibly extend to same-sex military spouses. But until those processes become law, DOMA will continue sending a contemptable message to LGBT servicemembers

Just like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, DOMA's repeal is long past due.