Thursday, 27 October 2011 22:47

Federal Government Sued By Gay And Lesbian Soldiers

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A group of married gay and lesbian soldiers decided to sue the federal government because it refuses them the recognition, benefits and family support which are granted to heterosexual soldiers but who are not granted to gays and to lesbians because of DOMA.

The lawsuit started today in Boston and the group affirms that their constitutional rights are not respected. That's true, they are not respected. Because of DOMA, all married gays and lesbians are regarded as single by the Pentagon.

Aubrey Sarvis, army veteran and SLDN executive director (SLDN for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity), said: "This case is about one thing, plain and simple. It’s about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our armed forces rendering the same military service, making the same sacrifices, and taking the same risks to keep our nation secure at home and abroad."

He added: "These couples are in long-term, committed, and legally recognised marriages and the military should not be forced to turn its back on them because the federal government refuses to recognise their families."

Major Shannon McLaughlin, one of the lead plaintiff, also added : "We’ve been serving our country too long, working too hard, and sacrificing too much to see our families denied the same recognition, support and benefits as our straight, married counterparts."