Obama administration to extend veterans' benefits to married gays

File - Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, right, watch as Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Director Todd Jones, center, hugs his wife Margaret, accompanied by their son Anthony, after he was ceremonial swearing-in for Jones, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2103, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday that the Obama administration will allow same-sex spouses of veterans to access federal benefits currently only available to heterosexual couples.

The decisions comes just over two months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law denying federal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian couples.





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