Obama: Same-Sex Spouses Allowed to Receive Veterans’ Benefits

POLITICO has this story. Excerpt:

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to take steps allowing the same-sex spouses of military veterans to have access to federal benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday (Sept. 4) in a letter to Congress.

The move is the administration’s latest effort to extend benefits to married same-sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down a key piece of the Defense of Marriage Act, and extends the court’s reasoning to Title 38 of the U.S. Code, which governs the granting of benefits by the Veterans Administration and the Defense Department. …

Note: Here at home, Hawaii legislators have yet to decide whether to hold a special session on gay-marriage legislation.

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