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posted Friday, September 18, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 38
House committee votes down Gay veterans' measure
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House committee votes down Gay veterans' measure

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

LGBT veterans should be entitled to spousal benefits. Yet, years after DADT was repealed, a measure narrowly failed in a House committee on Thursday that would have changed the definition of spouse under Title 38 to clarify that not all spouses are persons of a different sex.

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs rejected the amendment, which was along the lines of the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act, by a vote of 10-12.

Rep. Dina TItus (D-Nev.) sponsored the stand alone bill and introduced it as an amendment to the American Heroes COLA Act, which seeks generally to increase compensation for veterans as benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act increase.

Titus called the vote 'a slap in face' to Gay and Lesbian service members who've served the country and their spouses.

'As federal representatives and as members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, we have a responsibility to care for our nation's veterans and their families, Gay or straight,' Titus said. 'Today we had an opportunity to put this issue behind us and move forward to concentrate on the many challenges facing our nation's veterans. Rest assured I will not back down in this fight for equality. There are those who continue to stand in the way of progress; but remember, the arc of the moral universe is long and it bends toward justice.'

The measure failed primarily along party lines. Eight Democrats and two Republicans - Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) - voted 'yes,' but 12 Republicans voted 'no.'

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), the top Democrat on the committee, voted 'present' on the legislation. Also not voting was Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), but he asked he be recorded as 'yes' in the record, according to Titus' office.

'Following the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision in favor of marriage equality, the Department of Veterans' Affairs issued a policy statement allowing for all same sex couples to be eligible for VA benefits,' Brown said. 'I felt that the Titus amendment, if passed, would jeopardize the underlying base legislation, which would permanently provide for a cost of living increase for our veterans, without making Congress pass a new COLA each year. I have supported Rep. Titus' legislation in the past, which 'clarifies that not all spouses are of a different sex,' but voted 'present' today to preserve the agreement in the base bill before the committee.'

It wasn't immediately clear what impact the legislation would have at this point if it became law because full spousal veterans benefits are now flowing to eligible married same-sex couples across the country following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality nationwide.

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