Federal Law Leaves Gay Survivors Of Fallen Military Shut Out From Benefits
The Dallas Morning News reports that because federal law defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the military did not recognize the relationship of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson and Tracy Dice Johnson at all, rendering Johnson ineligible for the most basic survivor benefits, from return of the wedding ring recovered from the body to a monthly indemnity payment of $1,215 when Donna was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
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