Administration Won't Defend Blocking Gay Military Couples from Sharing Benefits
At least as recently as 2005, new Army recruits watched videos instructing them, "Do not attempt a gay marriage."
At least as recently as 2005, new Army recruits watched videos instructing them, "Do not attempt a gay marriage." But in a sign of progress on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration would no longer defend in court legislation that forbids giving benefits to the legal spouses of gay military members. In a letter to Congress, Talking Points Memo's Ryan J. Reilly reports, Holder said the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment. A year ago, the administration said it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, but legally married gay military couples still couldn't get benefits.