The recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a great step for equality in this country. Having served in two combat zones with good friends and outstanding soldiers who were gay, I was overjoyed that our nation abolished this oppressive policy. Unfortunately, while homosexual service members can now serve openly, they will remain second-class citizens when it comes to their legally wed spouses.
Even though a service member may legally marry a same-sex spouse in several states, the U.S. military will not recognize these spouses as dependents. As a result, the husbands and wives of gay service members will not receive the benefits and support that accompany being a military spouse, which are comprise one of the most essential aspects of maintaining a fighting force with high morale and stability. Married service members also get paid more and have larger housing allowances. To deny the legal spouses of service members these benefits based on their sexual orientation seems like an incomprehensible injustice – particularly in light of the DADT repeal.