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Military Assistance Needed
by bymagajones (bymagajones)
at November 6th, 2012 (05:24 pm)

I'm hoping someone in the military can help me.  Now that DADT has been repealed, can people in the military list a partner as... well, their SO?  In my story, one of the characters is overseas when he learns that his partner is in a coma after a bad car accident.  Would he be notified, or would the family have to find a way to get the news to him?  If it helps, his partner is taking care of his biological daughter while he is away.

Thanks for any and all help,



Posted by: JustHuman (justhuman)
Posted at: November 7th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)

Sadly, there are still issues there.

DADT allowed homosexuals to serve in the armed forces.

There's a federal law, DOMA - Defense of Marriage Act that forces the US federal government to only recognize marriages between a man and woman. Because of that, the US armed forces are prevented from acknowledging same sex marriage.

From the civilian side of things, a same sex couple can be legally married in a state like Mass. and receive all of the same marriage rights in that state that heterosexual couples. But on the flip side, they can't file a joint tax return for the federal government. They also can't claim spousal death benefits from Social Security.

So the US military can't officially recognize a same-sex spouse as a spouse, but I'm sure that people have to list people to contact. I'm not sure if the military rules state that they have to contact "family" or if it can be anyone.

Posted by: bymagajones (bymagajones)
Posted at: November 10th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)

Wow. That's really interesting. I guess I just assumed that once DADT was repealed (and, from a civilian side of things, once same sex couples were allowed to be legally married in specific states) that the rest of it would just fall into place. Of course there'd be more complications.

Thanks for the information. It's a good place for me to start, and it gives me more to think about with regards to my story.

Posted by: JustHuman (justhuman)
Posted at: November 11th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)

arghh - that last comment was me and I didn't realize that I wasn't logged in

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