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US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery

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  1. Shocking to think that even in death you could be debarred from resting in peace beside your partner.

    While it’s all very well them granting this exception, it just goes to show how much more road we have to travel.

  2. “…whether or not this will AFFECT other gay military couples is unknown.”

  3. An admirable and compassionate decision from Eric Shinseki. But isn’t it monstrous that something like this is even an issue?

  4. Billy Spilliard 16 Feb 2013, 11:15pm

    Those gay men and women fought just as hard as there straight counterparts. If these Fundamentalist have a problem with gay couples being buried at an national cemetery, then don’t bury your loved one there.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Feb 2013, 11:47pm

    Wait for the right wing ‘christian’ nutters to weigh in on this one. Hard to imagine even in death you are discriminated against.

    1. They’ll be along shortly.

      I’m waiting for them to weigh in on the Russian meteor (or meteorite) and blame us all for that.

  6. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 17 Feb 2013, 4:42am

    We are getting there, slowly but surely!

    This will be a good year – I just know it!

    Except in Russia of course with there horrible and totally stupid “gay propaganda” law!

    For example in just two months of the year in both RI and IL same sex marriage bills passed in at least one house of the Legislature!

    In Colorado or CO the Civil Union Bill passed for the third time in 3 years!

    Progress of SSM bills passing in at least one House of Parliament in both the UK and France!

    The US Military is starting to recognise same sex couples and finally SCOTUS in June of this year will hopefully declare all constitutional bans on SSM unconstitutional and declare the 1996 Clinton-era DOMA federal law unconstitutional!

    And remember it is only Febuary 2013!

    Hopefully what else on LGBT legal progress is around the corner in 10 months time hey?!

  7. GingerlyColors 17 Feb 2013, 9:07am

    I hope that now this exception has been granted, a precedent will be set. The next Presidential election is still a long way off and a lot will happen during the next few years.

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