How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple
The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell created a pathway for gays and lesbians to serve openly in our armed forces, but the victory was, unfortunately, limited. Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for the purposes of the federal government, same-sex military spouses are not eligible for nearly 100 spousal benefits freely available to other military spouses. This inequality harms our military families and weakens our entire force.
Lauren Santa Cruz is a Videographer for the Center for American Progress. Katie Miller is a Special Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center.
The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Marine Corps or the Department of Defense.
- Collateral Damage: How the Defense of Marriage Act Harms the Troops and Undermines the U.S. Military by Katie Miller
“Tumblin Down” by CDK (ft. Kirkoid)
“Seven Hundred Beats” by Duncan Beattie
“Adopt a Black Dog” by Gurdonark
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Katie Peters (economy, education, poverty, Half in Ten Education Fund)
202.741.6285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Anne Shoup (foreign policy and national security, energy, LGBT issues, health care, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7146 or email@example.com
Print: Crystal Patterson (immigration)
202.478.6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Madeline Meth (women's issues, Legal Progress, higher education)
202.741.6277 or email@example.com
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Tanya Arditi
202.741.6258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TV: Lindsay Hamilton
202.483.2675 or email@example.com
Radio: Chelsea Kiene
202.478.5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org