Equal Fight for Equal Rights

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“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” was a law established by congress that allowed homosexual men and women to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual orientation private. On September 20, 2011, congress made history by passing a law repealing the “Don’t ask don’t tell” legislation of 1993 (CBS News). Thousands of service men and women came out of there proverbial closets, where many had been hiding their entire careers, to celebrate their new right to express themselves freely. Some even celebrated by marrying their longtime mates, an act that only brought to light a new issue. The United States government will not recognize a same sex marriage on a federal level. As a result, same-sex unions are not recognized in the military and these couples are not eligible for married benefits. Plainly put, it is not fair. All married persons serving in the military should be eligible to receive the same benefits, regardless of sexual orientation. Every active duty service member puts their life on line, equally, to defend the freedoms of their country and should be entitled to receive equal benefits. Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to do the same. Since 1996, many states have enacted legislation prohibiting same-sex marriages or the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in another state. Until the issue of same-sex marriage, states have traditionally recognized marriages solemnized in other states, even those that go against the marriage laws of that particular state. Under the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution, states are generally required to recognize and honor the public laws of other states, unless those... ... middle of paper ... ... same-sex couples are being deprived can make the difference between a family living within comfortable means and one living just above the federal poverty level. Americans are afraid to let go of the mold into which they have fit the idea of the nuclear family. It is time to move forward into a new era in this country. One that is free of all bias, regardless of race, religion, creed or sexual orientation. Works Cited CBS News. CBS News.com. 20 September 2011. 26 October 2011. Commissaries.com. 2011. 1 November 2011. Dao, James. "Same sex Marriage Faces Military Limits." New York Times 17 July 2011: A15. Jany, Libor. military.com. 14 October 2011. 30 October 2011. Military Advantage. 2011. 30 October 2011. NCSL. National Confrence of State Legislatures. 14 July 2011. 26 October 2011 NEX. Navy Exchange Service Command. 2011. 26 October 2011 .
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