The American Foreign Service Association released the following statement urging the State Department to move swiftly to ensure equality of all FS families in light of the June 26, 2013 SCOTUS decision on DOMA:
AFSA welcomes today’s Supreme Court decision declaring the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
AFSA President Susan R. Johnson said “AFSA has long advocated for full equality for the same-sex spouses of our Foreign Service employees. Much progress was made during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s time in office as far as access to benefits is concerned. Given that he was one of only fourteen Senators to vote against DOMA in 1996, we know Secretary of State John Kerry is committed to full equality. Now it’s time to finish the job on a federal level.” She added: “We urge the Department of State, USAID and the other foreign affairs agencies to move swiftly to ensure full equality for all Foreign Service families, including health, pension, and immigration rights.”
AFSA urges a quick resolution of any outstanding bureaucratic issues that may hinder any legally-married same-sex couples from having immediate and full access to over 1,100 federal benefits. Our LGBT Foreign Service personnel perform admirable service on behalf of this country all over the world, and their full right as Americans should now be recognized as quickly as possible.
Secretary Kerry also released a Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act with this:
“To fully implement the requirements and implications of the Court’s decision, we will work with the Department of Justice and other agencies to review all relevant federal statutes as well as the benefits administered by this agency. We will work to swiftly administer these changes to ensure that every employee and their spouse have access to their due benefits regardless of sexual orientation both at home and abroad.”
Life After Jerusalem writes, “No more skim milk marriage for me and my wife!”
Adventures by Aaron writes, “I just want you to know that, today, I am incredibly happy.”
To our blog pal D and his beloved somewhere in Asia, and to 4G and her house full of love, we’re sending you hugs and kisses. To a friend and his family somewhere in the far continent, you can come home again, dude!
- Obama Asks Holder to Enforce DOMA Ruling (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Obama On Gay Marriage Rulings: President Applauds Supreme Court Decisions (huffingtonpost.com)
- Military After DOMA: Gay Troops’ Spouses Can Be Buried at Arlington (usnews.com)
- Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act (buzzfeed.com)