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Obtain Equal Benefits For All LGBT Soldiers in the National Guard

About the Petition

The Department of Justice and the Department of Defense have enacted directives to ensure equal health, housing, tax and death benefits to same-sex spouses in the National Guard. But Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana are attempting to put discriminatory roadblocks against same-sex couples.

When the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down it allowed federal agencies to recognize same-sex marriages. All soldiers in the National Guard with a marriage certificate or license, can now make claims just like any other family.

But same-sex couples cannot apply for benefits at state-run offices in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana. They are discriminating against LGBT soldiers, and prohibiting them from using federal funds. Stand with organizations like the ACLU and urge Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to preserve the federal benefits of all same-sex couples and their families in the National Guard.

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To: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana are defying the Pentagon’s directive to give federal benefits to same-sex couples. All soldiers in the National Guard should have equal rights under law to health and death benefits.

These soldiers serve our country and should be respected equally, no matter their sexual preference. I stand with organizations like the ACLU and urge Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to preserve federal benefits for all same-sex couples and their families in the National Guard.  

Sincerely, 

[Your name here]

Action Updates

  • 13 November 2015

    Update

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently declared that the nine state refusing to issue military IDs to same-sex spouses are “wrong” and are causing harmful “division among the ranks”. He went on to say that if the nine states do not ensure same-sex spouses their rights, he’s prepared to take further action.

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  • 425
    Susan Kilgore
    Lummi Island, WA
    1 year ago
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    Adik & Bonnie Dijkstra & Hinrichsen
    Sacramento, CA
    1 year ago
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    Roberta La France
    San Leandro, CA
    1 year ago
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    Walter Botteldoorne
    Allentown, NJ
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    Rita Benzel
    Germany
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    Stéphanie Longu
    France
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    William G Gonzalez
    Suffern, NY
    1 year ago
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    Fred Nadelman, Lmsw
    Savannah, GA
    1 year ago
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    Matthew Cinelli
    Las Vegas, NV
    1 year ago
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    Rashmeet Arora
    India
    1 year ago
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    Paul Steffen
    Milford, IN
    1 year ago
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    Eliza Solesby
    Chesnee, SC
    1 year ago
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    Patti Davies
    Indianapolis, IN
    1 year ago
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    Bill/Barbara Dawson
    Midlothian, TX
    1 year ago

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