Shaheen praises Pentagon's decision to grant benefits to same-sex couples

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that by Sept. 3, the Defense Department would give legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. That decision came after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.

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Shaheen said she would continue to fight for her bill, the Charlie Morgan Act, which would give gay veterans and their families the same benefits as heterosexual service members.

“Until the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a similar announcement, I will continue to push forward the Charlie Morgan Act so that veterans and their families also enjoy the benefits they have rightfully earned and deserve,” Shaheen said.

The Pentagon’s decision was leaked last week, prompting criticism from some Republican lawmakers.

Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said last week that the Obama administration was trying to push “their liberal social agenda” by issuing the decision.

“As I have warned before, this administration is eroding our military's historical apolitical stance by using it as their activism arm for their liberal social agenda,” Inhofe said.

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