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Military Families Support the Repeal of DOMA

Supreme Court hears arguments related to the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday - one day after considering California's Proposition 8.

Protestors support the gay community
Protestors support the gay community

While the Supreme Court considers the future of gay marriage, military families are calling on Wednesday for the overturn of Defense of Marriage Act.

DOMA prevents same-sex couples from having the same benefits as traditional couples. Gay couples are ineligible for survivor payments, plots in veteran’s cemeteries, base housing and a range of other benefits.

Gay marriage advocates say that this law shames the same-sex couples that are serving our country.

"You cannot imagine the pain, to actually be shut out," said Dice Johnson, an Army staff sergeant who survived five bomb explosions during a 15-month tour in Iraq.  "Not only is one of their soldiers being disrespected. Two of them are being disrespected."

Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty says that DOMA upholds the traditional values that many military personnel believe in.

"The military has no tolerance for racists, so service members who are openly racist are not service members for long. And if the traditional religious views on marriage and family become the constitutional equivalent of racism, the many service members whose traditional religious beliefs shape their lives will be forced out of the military," Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

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