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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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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 is against the law. The new measures range from ...

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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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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 veterans in same-sex marriages those same benefits.

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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 extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses.

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Senate committee advances military spouses, veterans benefits bills

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday approved a package of bills to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families, including the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act.

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