Although Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed in 2010, same sex military families still face some challenges. However, a new bill seeks to remove one of them. Washington congressman Rep. Adam Smith recently introduced legislation that would provide full military and veteran benefits to same sex couples, Military Times reports.
At issue is the definition of "spouse" as it relates to military benefits. Smith's legislation would change the military's definition to fit the definition of the state where the couple got married, as opposed to the definition in the state where they currently reside. As a result, couples who wed in states where same sex marriage has been legalized will now be entitled to full benefits. Additionally, it will help remove any confusion if they have to move from state to state.
"Spouses of servicemembers should not be prevented from receiving the benefits they have earned simply because they are the same sex as their partner," Smith said in a release. "This discriminatory practice must come to an end."
Should Smith's legislation pass, it will mark another victory for gay troops. Recently, the Pentagon celebrated Gay Pride Month for the first time in its history with a ceremony in Washington, D.C, Reuters reports.