Pennsylvania Congressmember tackles discrimination against gays in the military
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Massachusetts sued the US government today over a law that defines marriage as an act between a man and a woman. The state´s Attorney General, Martha Coakley, says the Federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with Massachusetts right to define marriage as it sees fit.
Some 16,000 same sex couples have tied the knot in Massachusetts since the state legalized gay marriages in 2004. The current lawsuit says they are being denied the same federal benefits as straight couples.
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Pennsylvania congressmember and Iraq war veteran Patrick Murphy has taken up the cause of overturning the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that bars openly gay people from serving in the military. But Murphy and his allies face hurdles in Congress and the Pentagon. FSRN’s Matt Pearson reports.