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SLDN Filing Lawsuit To Secure Equal Benefits For Spouses Of Gay Troops!

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sldn filing lawsuit for equal rights in military

The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) was a major step in the right direction…now let's finish the job!

Back in July, we were disgusted to learn that even though DADT was being repealed, gays in the military would still not receive the same benefits for their same-sex partners as straight couples.

Now, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is planning to file a lawsuit in federal court by the end of the month, in an effort to secure the same rights/benefits for same-sex couples that are given to straight couples.

The lawsuit will go against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and it claims that the "federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to due process, in what the group says will be the first case of its kind."

Here's what executive director of SLDN Aubrey Sarvis had to say about the lawsuit:

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GaGa Wants YOU! The Lady To Hold 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Rally Today In Maine

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For those of you who haven't seen it yet, check out the video (above) to see GaGa's message advocating the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy!

Would U like to help Lady GaGa fight the cause right alongside her? Here are the details of a rally to attend, if you're available, which will be led by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as well as Lady GaGa herself!

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) will be holding a grassroots rally with young people near the University of Southern Maine campus on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. ET, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME, in a major Senate push to break the expected filibuster by Sen. John McCain of the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal is included. The key U.S. Senate vote is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Keep updated on Twitter with the hashtag: #4the14k

If you're unavailable, the SLDN is asking you to call the Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121 and say the following:

–Tell your senators to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments.

–Senators should follow the lead of Sen. Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill.

–It is critical that the vote on “final passage” takes place before senators leave for the election recess.

Will U join GaGa in her effort to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

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