Senator Gillibrand: Rights Granted To LBGT Families
February 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pleased with the decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to extend a slate of benefits to LGBT military families.
"Some of the extended benefits announced by Secretary Panetta this morning include access to family support initiatives and joint duty assignments," Senator Gillibrand stated. “Secretary Panetta’s historic announcement this morning is an important and welcome step forward. All of the brave men and women who risk their lives to serve our country deserve the complete benefits the military has to offer,” said Senator Shaheen. “But while I’m obviously pleased by this morning’s announcement, I also recognize that much more remains to be done to ensure full and complete equality for LGBT families, starting with the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). LGBT Americans and families deserve equal treatment under the law and as long as the DOMA remains in place, important benefits will be unavailable to same-sex military couples. That is an unacceptable reality and I’m committed to doing all I can to see DOMA abolished.”
Senators Shaheen and Gillibrand were both strong advocates for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and in its aftermath have called for the extension of benefits to same-sex couples serving in the military.