Gay Military Members Sue US For Equal Spouse Benefits

Law360, New York (October 27, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT) -- Several gay active and retired military members sued the federal government in Massachusetts on Thursday to win full benefits for their legally married spouses, arguing that using the Defense of Marriage Act to restrict benefits is unconstitutional.

Six current and two former service members targeted the U.S. departments of Defense, Justice and Veterans Affairs in the suit, which also challenges several other provisions in the U.S. law that keep the military from giving legally wed couples of the same sex the same benefits it offers straight...
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Case Information

Case Title

McLaughlin, et al. v Panetta, et al

Case Number




Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Other


Richard G. Stearns

Date Filed

October 27, 2011

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