Here's the next objective:
There's a little government code called Title 38. "Certain provisions in title 38, United States Code, define ‘spouse’ and ‘surviving spouse’ to refer only to a person of the opposite-sex. Under these provisions, a same-sex marriage recognized by a State would not confer spousal status for purposes of eligibility of VA benefits. Although the title 38 definition of ‘spouse’ and ‘surviving spouse’ are similar to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) provision at issue in United States v. Windsor, no court has yet held the title 38 definitions to be unconstitutional.” That is a quote from a letter written by Eric, Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, sent out on August 14.
In other words, all you military people who thought your rights were recognized? Well...they're not.
Now, don't think that Shinseki is being smug. His letter makes it abundantly clear that both he and Obama want something done about Title 38, like, right now (I must admit I'm disappointed Obama doesn't just use his executive powers like Harry Truman and say, "No, this is what's happening, so there." It's a shame we need court or Congressional action just to do the right thing). And in Congress, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is leading the charge. She's it the co-sponsor of the Charlie Morgan Act. Basically, it obliterates Title 38 off the books. "We need to pass the Charlie Morgan Act to bring Department of Veteran Affairs benefits policy in line with the Supreme Court's ruling striking down DOMA. We can't tolerate this type of discrimination, especially in the aftermath of a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional."
So break out those pens and papers and let your Congressmen know you want this bill passed. We must forge the world we want to live in.