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U.S. House panel rejects spousal benefits bill for LGBT veterans

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have enabled veterans with same-sex spouses to receive partner benefits regardless of where they reside. The Washington Blade reports that the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs rejected the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act by a vote of 12-13.

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Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits for same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A leading LGBT advocacy group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of last year's U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Gay veteran sues Idaho cemetery for refusing burial with late wife

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery for refusing to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery...

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
AP (File)
Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Retired colonel offers cemetery plot to lesbian vet denied burial site for spouse

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Jean Mixner and Madelynn Taylor.
BOISE, Idaho -- A retired U.S. Army colonel on Wednesday offered his burial plot in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to a lesbian veteran who has been told by the state that she and her deceased wife cannot be interred together because of Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Idaho veterans cemetery won’t allow gay vet’s wife to be buried by her side

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
Jean Mixner and Madelynn Taylor.
BOISE, Idaho -- A 74-year-old Navy veteran says she wants her wife buried with her in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, but officials have denied her request because Idaho doesn't recognize her same-sex marriage.

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Gay Marine’s amazing journey from homeless shelter to Ivy League

ABC NEWS → | Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elegance Bratton was kicked out of his home at the age of 16, spent 10 years homeless, joined the Marines and is now working on a documentary to shed light on youth homelessness in NYC’s West Village.

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Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is not one Irish LGBTQ person in the city of Boston who wouldn’t love to march in their annual parade and celebrate their heritage and their service in the U.S. military...

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U.S. House version of LGBT veterans, family benefits bill introduced

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) on Wednesday introduced the U.S. House version of the bipartisan "Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act," aimed at ensuring LGBT veterans and their families receive equal treatment for equal service.

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Military veterans join effort to legalize marriage equality in Ill.

| Wednesday, October 2, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state.

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