Stop denying support to the families of gay and lesbian servicemembers.
  • Petitioned Secretary Leon Panetta

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U.S. Department of Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta

Stop denying support to the families of gay and lesbian servicemembers.

    1. Petition by

      The American Military Partner Association

The families of gay and lesbian servicemembers are currently being denied access to numerous services and benefits that are designed to help military families deal with the hardships of the military lifestyle. The Department of Defense (DoD) has the authority and ability to change numerous regulations that would allow gay and lesbian servicemembers' spouses or domestic partners and their children access to these much needed services and benefits, such as joint duty station assignments, legal services, military family housing, access to base facilities, access to family programs, relocation assistance, and sponsorship of family to overseas duty stations. These services and benefits are not restricted by the "Defense of Marriage Act" and are simply denied to these families because the DoD has failed to update its regulations and policies to care for all military families. Military families sacrifice so much for our nation, and it is time that the DoD cares for all of them, not just the heterosexual ones.  Ask Secretary Panetta to change DoD regulations to include the spouses and domestic partners of gay and lesbian servicemembers.

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    • Andrew Anderson CIRCLE PINES, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      i really hope this works because being a military spouse myself and with my soldier deployed over seas I dont get what everyone else gets neither does anyone else like me in the shoes that we have.. The last time i checked we are all people regardless of age race religion OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. I am me and they are all them.. We all have voice and It really sucks i know im not the only one that feels like this that when my soldier comes home he is being transferred to a base and i cant just go live with him on base. So we have to pay for me to live way off base.. and that sucks.. We and i dont mean to speak for everyone just wanted to be treated with the same respect and same rights as our counter parts

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    • Adaire Salome SHELL BEACH, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a military partner, and I would love the opportunity to be able to live with my wife-to-be as a family. We are asked to sacrifice in all the same ways as other military partners, but with no support or benefits to help our family along the way. It's time to move forward!

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    • Frederick Check STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this because I'm currently the Domestic Partner of a DoD civilian overseas in Germany. We've been waiting for the sponsorship of Domestic Partners for six months now but keep getting the same response, "regulations are not updated to include Domestic Parnter sponsorship (SOFA) overseas yet." I cannot work here (past my 90 day visitor allowance) and now need to go back to the US, leaving my partner behind. Update the regulations already and get moving on this extremely important issue. I'm having to leave my partner of three years in another country because we're gay. This is not fair, nor is good for morale overseas.

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    • Mitchell Way SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The inequalities suffered by gay and lesbian service members cause undue emotional and financial hardships to budding relationships and families. It often makes it practically impossible for our gay military service members to feel comfortable and establish long term relationships with civilians or other military for fear of relocation without support or recognition. It's time to stop this horrible inequality and give ALL those serving our country the support and peace of mind that is afforded their straight counterparts.

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    • Glenn Queen HENNING, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

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