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The American Military Partner Association has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to provide all same-sex married couples with spousal benefits. The lawsuit was triggered after the Defense of Marriage Act ruling in which federal agencies were asked to review their policies on federal benefits to same-sex couples. After its review, the VA issued its statement in June, which found that despite the ruling, a couple must reside in a state that legally recognizes the marriage when they apply for benefits in order to be eligible. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a memo stating that congressional action was required to fix the problem, but it’s unlikely the issue can be solved with any sort of consensus in Congress; therefore, the American Military Partner Association went through with its lawsuit in order to compel the VA to change its policy.

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