DOMA Seriously Hurts The Military

DOMA Seriously Hurts The Military

There are 10 comments on the story from Feb 21, 2013, titled DOMA Seriously Hurts The Military . In it, reports that:

It is not surprising that the Defense of Marriage Act is a detriment to the United States military. While outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta may have recently announced the extension of benefits to same-sex couples, DOMA still prevents many more rights from being given to same-sex couples, and often hurts them and the military overall.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#1 Feb 21, 2013
Denying equal treatment ALWAYS hurts people.

Thankfully this nonsense will come to an end in Jun.

United States

#2 Feb 21, 2013
DOMA does not discriminate.
DOMA simply differentiates.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#3 Feb 21, 2013
JrEsq wrote:
DOMA does not discriminate.
DOMA simply differentiates.
Since the definition of discrimination is to differentiate, it's the same thing.

Maybe you need to take a ESL course? I'm sure there is one at your local community college.

Since: Jun 11


#4 Feb 21, 2013
"In the court’s final analysis, the government’s only basis for supporting DOMA comes down to an apparent belief that the moral views of the majority may properly be enacted as the law of the land in regard to state-sanctioned same-sex marriage in disregard of the personal status and living conditions of a significant segment of our pluralistic society. Such a view is not consistent with the evidence or the law as embodied in the Fifth Amendment with respect to the thoughts expressed in this decision. The court has no doubt about its conclusion:... DOMA deprives them of the equal protection of the law to which they are entitled."

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#5 Feb 21, 2013
Housing allowance, healthcare benefits, death gratuity, plus family separation allowances, etc. All benefits denied to servicemembers married to someone of the same sex.

This adds up to thousands of dollars a month, not to mention the emotional strain on the servicemember knowing his/her family isn't being taken care of while they're in battle.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#6 Feb 21, 2013
I can't imagine going into battle knowing that my husband wouldn't even be notified if something happened to me. HOW can people think that putting such a burden on our troops is reasonable??


Since: Jun 11


#8 Feb 21, 2013
"Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. They'll still be serving long after we're all dead and buried. That should not surprise anyone.

But most Americans should be shocked to know that while the country’s economy is going down the tubes, the military has wasted half a billion dollars over the past decade chasing down gays and running them out of the armed services.

It’s no great secret that military studies have proved again and again that there’s no valid reason for keeping the ban on gays. Some thought gays were crazy, but then found that wasn't true. Then they decided that gays were a security risk, but again the Department of Defense decided that wasn't so-in fact, one study by the Navy in 1957 that was never made public found gays to be good security risks. Even Larry Korb, President Reagan’s man in charge of implementing the Pentagon ban on gays, now admits that it was a dumb idea. No wonder my friend Dick Cheney, secretary of defense under President Bush, called it ‘a bit of an old chestnut’.

When the facts lead to one conclusion, I say it’s time to act, not to hide. The country and the military know that eventually the ban will be lifted. The only remaining questions are how much muck we will all be dragged through, and how many brave Americans will have their lives and careers destroyed in a senseless attempt to stall the inevitable.

We have wasted enough precious time, money and talent trying to persecute and pretend. It’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand and denying reality for the sake of politics. It’s time to deal with this straight on and be done with it. It’s time to get on with more important business.

The conservative movement, to which I subscribe, has as one of its basic tenets the belief that government should stay out of people’s private lives. Government governs best when it governs least - and stays out of the impossible task of legislating morality. But legislating someone’s version of morality is exactly what we do by perpetuating discrimination against gays."

Conservative Icon, WW2 Hero, US Senator, Republican Presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, 1993.

Since: Jun 11


#9 Feb 21, 2013
And 20 years later we are still dragging service members trough the muck.

Like DADT, DOMA perpetuates the destructive irrational prejudice it was designed to indulge.

Manchester, MD

#11 Feb 21, 2013
JrEsq wrote:
DOMA does not discriminate.
DOMA simply differentiates.
Between legally married couples?

Odd idea.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#12 Feb 22, 2013
Happy Anniversary 1913 wrote:
"After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry because the Jews sought to kill him."
True or false?
Jesus himself was a Jew, and he lived among Jews. Some Jewish leaders wanted him dead, because they felt threatened by him, but that didn't make HIM less a Jew.

Hate all Jews?

You hate Jesus.

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