Lesbian guardsman calls on Boehner to drop DOMA defense
Saturday, February 11, 2012
WASHINGTON — A lesbian guardsman suffering from cancer called on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner this week to stop defending the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court.
The Washington Blade reports
that Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan met with Katherine Haley, a policy assistant to Boehner, to ask the speaker to drop defense of DOMA so that upon her death, her spouse, Kathy Morgan, can receive federal benefits.
Morgan serves in the New Hampshire National Guard and just returned from deployment in Kuwait.
In September 2011, the guardsman was diagnosed with stage-four incurable breast cancer. After being first diagnosed in 2008 and undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, Morgan was declared cancer-free and deployed to Kuwait, but was later informed her cancer had returned and has resumed chemotherapy.