Married Gay Troops won’t be recognized after DADT Repeal

Posted by Carlos Santoscoy on

"A gay service member marrying will no longer be grounds for discharge after 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is repealed, but federal law will keep the military from recognizing the marriage, officials said on Friday.

... "There will be no separate housing or bathing facilities built for openly gay troops, and service members previously separated under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' will be allowed to reapply for service.

"Officials added that after repeal of the policy the military will remain barred from recognizing the legal marriages of gay service members.

“'Right now, no changes are expected in policy with respect to housing, those – that kind of benefit. In fact, a lot of benefit changes aren't changing. We're also required by law to – you know, to abide by the – basically, the scripture of DOMA, you know, Defense of Marriage Act. So regardless as to what's happening in different states, we haven't changed that,' Stanley said.

"Under the Obama administration, the federal government has implemented changes elsewhere, including the State Department, where spouses of gay diplomats are recognized.

"Officials also stressed that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' remains in effect until 60 days after certification.

“'We are obligated to follow that law, and to say anything other than that at this time would be inappropriate,' Stanley said."

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