Legislation would recognize marriages of out troops

U.S. military personnel who are legally married to same-sex spouses would gain full spousal and family benefits under legislation proposed in both the House and Senate last week. In the Senate, the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after New Hampshire National Guardsman Charlie Morgan, who died from breast cancer earlier this month. Her widow, now a single parent to the couple's 5-year-old daughter, is ineligible for survivor benefits. "The story of Charlie Morgan offers a powerful example of why we need immediate action to end LGBT discrimination in our military," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who introduced the legislation along with co-sponsor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

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