Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Friday, June 5, 2015
GOP: "Support Our Veterans -- Except the Gay Married Ones!"
For a party that fetishizes the military and its heroes, this is disgusting news, but not unexpected. They support our veterans, as long as they're not gay. Another reason the modern GOP is losing support by young people. This is a disgrace.
Senate Rejects Extending Veterans Benefits To Married Gay Couples And Their Kids
WASHINGTON -- The Senate quietly rejected legislation Thursday that would have extended certain veterans' benefits to married same-sex couples and their children who live in states where their marriage isn't recognized.
During debate on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) proposed amending the federal statute that prevents the Department of Veterans Affairs from granting comprehensive benefits to same-sex couples in states that don't recognize a same-sex marriage that was legally performed in a different state. Her amendment failed 53-42, seven votes shy of the 60 votes needed to pass.
None of the Senate Republicans running for president voted for it. Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) opposed it, while Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) did not vote.
Shaheen called it "tremendously disappointing" that the Senate would deny benefits to people who put their lives on the line for their country. "Veterans served their country bravely, and yet some are deprived of the very rights they risked their lives to protect," she said in an email. "The impact of this discrimination is real. Monthly benefits are less; spouses and children are not eligible for medical care at the VA; and families are not eligible for the same death benefits."
The GOP priorities? Support the Duggars; Bash the Gay Married Veterans and their families!