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Working Toward Parade Inclusion

By Sue O’Connell | Thursday Mar 20, 2014
Make no mistake - progress was made this year. The Allied War Veterans moved closer to allowing LGBT groups into the parade they organize, the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston.

Gay Veterans Won’t March in Boston Parade

Thursday Mar 13, 2014
A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march.

LGBTQs Still Barred From Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By David Perry | Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
Organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade face a growing political backlash for their refusal to let a group of 20 gay veterans participate as openly LGBTQ in the nation’s second largest Irish-themed march.

WWII Soldier Marries in First Same-Sex Wedding at Veterans’ Home

By Kilian Melloy | Sunday Sep 15, 2013
A 95-year-old member of the Greatest Generation has tied the knot with his boyfriend, a Vietnam vet, at a California veterans home in what was hailed by some (and excoriated by others) as the facility’s first same-sex wedding.

Feds Won’t Enforce Same-Sex Veterans Law

By Pete Yost | Wednesday Sep 4, 2013
The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.

Judge: VA Can’t Deny Benefits to Lesbian Army Vet

Friday Aug 30, 2013
A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Conn. Bill Restores State Benefits to Gay Vets

Friday Apr 26, 2013
Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.

VA Decision On Burial Rights Departs From Past

By Kevin Freking | Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit.

VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Ore.Couple

By Steven DuBois | Friday Feb 15, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow the same-sex spouse of a member of the military to be buried in a U.S. national cemetery.

Lawmaker Backs Spousal Benefits for Military Gays

By Donna Cassata | Thursday Jun 28, 2012
A Democratic congressman wants same-sex benefits for spouses of veterans and service members.