Same-Sex Spouses Must Get Veterans' Benefits, Judge Says

Law360, New York (August 30, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a statute that prevents the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from providing equal benefits to gay and lesbian veterans and their spouses, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision nixing the Defense of Marriage Act.

In the first case to decide whether same-sex married veterans and their spouses should receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall granted summary judgment to disabled U.S. Army veteran Tracey Cooper-Harris and her wife Maggie in their...
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