Gay Servicemembers Admit To Marriage Scam For Benefits

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Two gay men “pleaded guilty Monday to arranging three phony marriages, including one with a Navy doctor, so they and their wives could get more pay and health care benefits and so they could conceal their sexual orientations from the Navy,” Tim McGlone of the Virginian-Pilot reports. Charges are still pending against Cmdr. Jeanette F. Shimkus who “needed to conceal her lesbian relationship in order to name her girlfriend as a beneficiary to her life insurance.” The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policies prohibit the government from extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples.

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