SAME-SEX SPOUSES NOW QUALIFY FOR MILITARY BENEFITS
Last week, the Obama administration said it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.
Federal benefits to veterans defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite sex.
Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the definition leaves out legally married same-sex couples and is unconstitutional under the reversal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
However, some states such as Texas and Mississippi are reportedly stalling on processing benefits for same-sex couples.
Why we should care
Since DOMA was found unconstitutional, the Social Security Administration has started processing spousal retirement claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits.
Legally married same-sex couples will also be able to file joint tax returns, even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.
our time opinion
This is a great step in the push for marriage-equality.