In June the Supreme Court handed down two rulings on same sex-marriages. One of those decisions ruled that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples as unconstitutional. Now, the Pentagon wants to give special taxpayer-funded bonuses to same-sex couples that are legally married that are not available to heterosexual couples.
The Family Research Council released a memo yesterday that stated, “The Department of Defense has gone much further.” According to memos released by The Department of Defense, A service member who plans on entering into a same-sex marriage and is posted 100 miles from a state that allows such marriages will be granted seven days of extra paid leave and ten days if they are posted outside of the United States to travel to their wedding.
The leave is only for homosexual couples wedding and is above the regular annual leave that is granted to all service members. This special leave is also taxpayer funded. This type of special treatment is not required by the repeal of the 1993 law on homosexuality in the military referred to as the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy decision handed down in the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision.
The National Defense Authorization Bill of 2014 which will fund these bonuses is awaiting action in the U.S Senate. If you disagree with this unequal treatment of our military, contact your U.S. Senator urging them to stop the Pentagon’s plan to pay for bonus leave only granted to same-sex marriages.