Congress scrambled to provide relief to active duty military members ahead of the shutdown. Less fortunate have been the families of those killed in service of their country, as the first shutdown in a time of war stretches onward.
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The second anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should not only serve as a reminder of how far we have come in the march toward full equality in the military, but also a time to rededicate ourselves to the fight for full LGBT equality in our nation's armed forces.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has determined that, even after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a separate section of the federal code may still prevent his department from providing federal marriage benefits to gay married veterans.