February 3rd, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Lesbian veteran sues government for benefits

By Eric Fiegel, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A U.S. Army veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is suing the federal government, claiming she and her wife are being denied military benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples.

A complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles says that the government's definition of marriage is unconstitutional and violates equal protection.

"We're only asking for the same benefits as other married couples, we simply want the same peace of mind," Tracey Cooper-Harris, the plaintiff, said at a press conference in Washington announcing the lawsuit.

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  1. Icetooler

    Good for you trooper!!! You deserve all the best as well as your partner. Its a shame that this country would discriminate couples such as you 2 . Take a stand as you have and fight back remmember youve been to war you keep fighting your tougher than anyone in congress and you will prevail i wish you 2 girls the best and remmember never give up you have my support!!! Damm right! Oh did i mention that im a gay male but that does not matter really, what matters is that the lesbian & gay community stick together i love you for your efforts , and for who you are!!!!! And one more thing, thank you for fighting for all the world for peace and may your life be full

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