DOMA Decision a Victory for Equality, Readiness in the Military

DOMA Decision a Victory for Equality, Readiness in the Military

CONTACT: Carlisle Williams (212) 982-9699 or press@iava.org

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CONTACT: Carlisle Williams, 212-982-9699, press@iava.org

DOMA Decision a Victory for Equality, Readiness in the Military

NEW YORK (June 26, 2013) Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) voiced support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Just as with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), IAVA has advocated for the repeal of DOMA as part of its mission to advocate for the best interests of all of our troops, veterans, and their families. On March 1, 2013, IAVA signed on to an amicus brief in U.S. vs. Windsor, the case reviewing DOMA. Below is a statement from IAVA Chief of Staff Derek Bennett:

“This is a historic day for those who believe in and fight for equality under the law for all Americans. Under DOMA, LGBT service members who protect our country are denied benefits afforded to their peers. Thankfully, today, we have protected the rights of all troops, veterans and their families,” Bennett said.

“Today’s decision is in fact a victory for the strength of our armed forces. Support for military families is one of the most critical elements of a strong and healthy fighting force. IAVA is proud that all American service members can now serve openly in the military, and that they and their families can receive the benefits that they have earned,” Bennett added.

IAVA was proud to be the only national Veterans Service Organization to support the repeal of DADT in 2011, guaranteeing all citizens an equal right to serve our nation. Before leaving office, former Secretary Leon Panetta fought to extend some benefits to same sex military spouses. With the repeal of DOMA, LGBT veterans will be able to have equal access to care and benefits for their spouses.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has almost 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 

 

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