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Rainbow pride flag outside Montana VA headquarters garners opposition

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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The rainbow-colored pride flag for the LGBT community flying at Montana Veterans Affairs headquarters has sparked some debate. ...

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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 ...

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.
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 ...

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Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

Friday, June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage ...

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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 ...

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Obama administration will not enforce ban on same-sex veterans benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. ...

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Shaheen: Same-sex benefits bill should apply to Veterans Affairs

Sunday, September 1, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's planning to move forward with her bill that would grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the military after learning that legislation is still necessary to grant ...

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Federal judge: Veterans Affairs can’t deny benefits to same-sex couples

Friday, August 30, 2013
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.
LOS ANGELES -- A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

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Veterans Affairs says it will wait on expanding benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says Congress or the courts still has more work to do before the VA can provide federal benefits to married, same-sex couples. ...

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Conn. vet leading legal effort for spousal benefits of gay veterans

Friday, August 16, 2013
Carmen Cardona
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and ...

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