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Lesbian veteran sues government over denial of benefits

DOMA trials

By Adam Bink

From the AP:

An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples.

The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington. It involves Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served in the Army for 12 years and married Maggie Cooper-Harris in California in 2008.

In 2010, Tracey Cooper-Harris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she has received disability benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But her application for additional money and benefits that married veterans are entitled to was denied.

The couple’s lawsuit argues that a federal law and the Department of Veterans Affairs policy that requires the disparate treatment for same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

The lawsuit is being filed in Los Angeles.


  • 1. Ann S.  |  February 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm


  • 2. Sagesse  |  February 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm


  • 3. karen in kalifornia  |  February 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Keep the lawsuits coming. Seems to be the only way to break the legislative impasse overseen by Republicans and conservative Democrats.

  • 4. devon  |  February 2, 2012 at 5:37 am

    The more lawsuits the better. The legal system moves at a glacial pace, unfortunately.
    I find it appalling that the Affordable Care Act(which I support) finds it's way to the supreme court so quickly, but DOMA lawsuits haven't even really gotten to the appellate stage in the courts.

  • 5. lee  |  February 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm


  • 6. Bryce  |  February 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Would it be possible to start a page for comments on the Washington Senate Debate/Vote?

  • 7. Lesbians Love Boies  |  February 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I second that new Washington Senate Debate/Vote post!

  • 8. truthspew  |  February 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I think we can see the final days of DOMA here. I knew this would happen once DADT was struck down. Good, DOMA should be repealed. In fact all these marriage bans enshrined into state Constitutions and in laws should be struck down once and for all.

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