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Obama Administration Would Not Defend The Constitutionality Of Denying Militery Benifits To Same-Sex Couples

The DOJ under Obama Administration announced on the 17th of February that it will not defend laws that would prevent married same=sex couples from getting military benefits.

Attorney General Eric Holder mentioned in a letter to the Congress, “the legislative record of these provisions contains no rationale for providing veterans’ benefits to opposite-sex couples of veterans but not to legally married same-sex spouses of veterans … Neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veterans Affairs identified any justifications for that distinction that would warrant treating these provisions differently from Section 3 of DOMA.”

The Defence of Married Act prevents the federal government from recognising same-sex relationships even if the couple is legally married in their state.

The lawsuit was filed last October on behalf of Maj. Shannon McLaughlin of Massachusetts which talks about the benefits that all heterosexual couples enjoy, were denied to McLaughlin and her partner Casey such as, medical and dental benefits, basic housing allowances, travel and transportation allowances, family separation benefits, military ID cards, visitation rights in military hospitals, survivor benefit plans, and the right to be buried together in military cemeteries.

The Department of Justice had already announced on February 23, 2011 that it would not defend the Constitutionality of DOMA.

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Michele Bachmann: Same-Sex couples with kids are not a family

The above video speaks for itself.

Ms. Michael Bachmann’s stand on LGBT people can be categorized as follows

1. A same-sex couple with kids is not a family.

2. Anyone who doesn’t share the same views as her’s, would never get a job in her cabinet.

3. Same sex attraction is part of Satan. (BUT SHE IS NOT JUDGING.)

The way she keeps repeating that one line, “I am running for the presidency of the United States” reminds me of a talking parrot who have been taught just that one line. The way she stutters and stumbles everytime she is challenged on her views also reminds me of a stubborn child who has done something terribly wrong but doesn’t want to back down and hopes saying something over and over would somehow make her wrong right.

She ascribes honour and dignity to everyone. So calling someone “Part of Satan” is really very honourable.

She has also stated that she would be reinstating DADT if she becomes president.

Who is her adviser? Who tells her what to say when she is being interviewed? Does he/she even realise how utterly stupid and juvenile it sounds when everytime she gets stumped, she says the samething like a robot?

Except FOX, no other media outlet looks kindly  to her stance on LGBT issues and as time draws near to the actual election, she is going to be ripped apart if she keeps giving interviews like this.

Breaking: New York Attorney General Challenges DOMA

New York State attorney general Mr. Eric Schneiderman filed a legal brief today (Tuesday) where he challenged the constitutionality of DOMA.

This action comes promptly after New York signed Marriage Equality into law and hundreds of same-sex couples rode the first wave of exhilaration from the victory and tied the knot on Sunday.

Although this was a huge step forward towards equality for LGBT people, it was still not total equality. Even if same-sex couples can marry and the state would honour the nuptial, federal government still doesn’t and wouldn’t recognize it. A same-sex couple married in New York would not be recognized in New Jersey. As a result many benefits available to heterosexual couples from the federal government are still beyond reach of same-sex couple. We are close but not close enough.

President Obama has already declared DOMA unconstitutional and instructed the justice department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act and has called for the law’s repeal.

Big day in NY and why it isn’t enough for me

Congratulations to all the couples who have and are getting married today in New York.  Today, with same-sex marriage being a reality, it ushers an era of equality in one of the most populated cities in America.

But in the face of this huge victory, I am thankful that I don’t live in NY. Contrary to the arguments of the Same-sex marriage proponents, and the modified laws that actually paved the way to the legalization of same-sex-marriage today,I am unsatisfied.

For me, wedding is not about a piece of paper, or government recognition. These came way later. Just one generation back, in my parents time, one didn’t need to register their marriage.

There is a reason why in every culture when someone gets married, there is the custom of inviting so many people on the wedding day. In older times, an entire village would be invited to the wedding. Although the celebration of a joyous occasion with friends and family is one of the reason, the main reason why this custom exists is to have witnesses of the wedding. They are the living proof of the ceremony. Today the proof is a piece of paper.

Honestly I don’t care. I don’t care if the government recognizes my love for my partner or not. I don’t care if I can share my mortgage of my house with my partner or not. Every child fantasizes about their wedding. Men and women in different ways but its a big day for both the sexes.  I have fantasized about my wedding too since I was a kid. Maybe not a same-sex wedding, but nonetheless.

Today walking into a registrars office and signing a piece of paper was never my dream wedding ever. For me, it would be my dream wedding when I can walk down the isle, stand in front of God and say I DO. Because my commitment to my partner is not political, or financial, its spiritual and holy. People present in my wedding would add to the joyous occasion but I want God to be the witness of my vows.

So when they legalized same-sex marriage in New York by modifying the law and exempting all religious organization, I wasn’t thrilled. Because I don’t want to get married to reap all the benefits while filing my taxes, and buying houses and in medicare.That is a bonus. And yes that’s  important too. But for me, if it was not legal to get married, I would be happy to get one pastor who would agree to marry a same-sex couple and if not in a church, maybe in my backyard with my friends and family.

But I live in Canada, so if I ever want, I can realize my childhood dream of getting married in a church, walk down the isle and stand on the pulpit and say I do. And when the minister says ” I bind you in HOLY matrimony”,  it would really be holy and I will seal my vow with a kiss.

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