This is about a week old, but its still great news for our gay brothers and sisters.
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage last week, gay veteran couples in all 50 states will now have access to marital benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department announced Monday.
“VA will work quickly to ensure that all offices and employees are provided guidance on implementing this important decision with respect to all programs, statutes, and regulations administered by VA,” the department explained in a statement.
Previously, gay couples were only eligible for VA marital benefits if they lived in a state in which gay marriage was legal at the time of their wedding, according to Stars and Stripes, or if they lived in such a state while they were serving in the military.
In 2013, benefits were extended to gay partners of most federal employees when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman. That change did not extend to veterans, however, because of language in the federal code that governs veterans benefits.
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