DADT Repeal A Threat To DOMA?
Reason’s Julian Sanchez made a prediction on Twitter in light of Saturday’s repeal vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
Prediction: DOMA lasts until the first spouse of a gay soldier killed in action gets denied survivor benefits
Sanchez refers, of course, to Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman. That provision is already the subject of several Court challenges and has been declared unconstitutional by at least one Federal District Court. How long will it be before the widow of a gay servicemen killed in Afghanistan files a suit seeking their right to survivor benefits?