Six Months After DADT Repeal, Gay Troops Still Fight For Equal Benefits

Today marks six months since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took effect, and no doubt there have been a number of visible milestones in that time. But gay and lesbian troops still do not have equal treatment in the armed forces, which is why several couples are suing to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents them from accessing partner benefits. Today, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts interviewed Massachusetts Army National Guard Maj. Shannon McLaughlin and her partner Casey, plaintiffs in the suit, about how the persisting inequality threatens their family’s security: