As noted on Military.com on Friday, June 26, shortly after the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize same-sex unions across all 50 states, service men and women have suffered enough because of state bans. The spouses of many veterans who are in same-sex relationships have not been able to receive benefits because of the bans. Even though the military has recognized same-sex unions since 2013, couples had to provide a marriage certificate to receive benefits. Worse yet, some state veterans’ organizations refused to recognize the marriages resulting in a lot of unnecessary conflicts.
Currently active service men and women, in addition to veterans, deserve to be able to live in a country where they can receive all the freedoms and benefits offered those who did not fight and nearly die in service. James Dondero notes their spouses and children deserve to have all of the freedoms and benefits afforded to those in heterosexual relationships. Yet, for too long they have been died these basic human rights.
Although there has been a lot of opposition by some people, especially many conservatives, to homosexuals, bisexuals and others from the LGBT+ community serving in the military, and new opposition and anger about marriage rights, there can be little doubt that no one has the right to judge how service those who have fought bravely for our freedoms find happiness and love in their personal lives.