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Rachel Maddow Blasts Boehner, House Republicans for Blocking Gay Military Benefits: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow looks at Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent announcement that benefits to nearly the extent allowed by current law will be extended to gay servicemembers and their families, and John Boehner and House Republicans' campaign to defend DOMA, effectively blocking full benefits.

Maddow also looks at the infuriating and heartbreaking story of Charlie Morgan, the lesbian soldier and activist who recently lost her battle with cancer, and Morgan's wife Karen, who will not be receiving any benefits because DOMA is still in place.

Says Maddow: "It is a sad story. For many people it is an enraging story. But it is not a finished story."


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  1. It's clear from Boehner's expressions during last night's speech that we shouldn't expect him to be especially helpful in coming years. He looked like he was suffering a terrible bowel movement. He's scared he'll be ousted, and the tea party continues to be insufferable.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 13, 2013 10:03:31 AM

  2. The biggest question in all of this: if and when DOMA is declared unconstitutional, will people who would have been otherwise eligible for federal spousal benefits (e.g., survivor payments, tax deductions, etc.) if not for DOMA be entitled to retroactive receipt of said benefits?

    Posted by: Rich F. | Feb 13, 2013 10:15:20 AM

  3. The government usually isn't inclined to give restitution when it repeals a law/bill/act.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 13, 2013 10:23:48 AM

  4. He is like a one man WBC, or anti-gay Christian who is trying to stop LGBT people from having the same rights and freedoms all Americas have. These haters will stop at nothing, even using psychological warfare on LGBT people. The sad part is some LGBT people go along with the psychotherapy torture used on ex gay people and are suckers who pay for psychotropic drugs that can kill them.

    Posted by: WBC | Feb 13, 2013 10:53:53 AM

  5. Boehner looked like he was slowly becoming part of that leather chair...that's how engagaed he is with real peoples problems. He has about as much feeling as a leather bound piece of furniture. How can a person who bangs on about the deficit spend millions of tax payers money defending a bigotted cruel law ? He even had the audacity to refuse to meet a dying veteran who had risked her life for him and his country. Vile man.

    Posted by: paul | Feb 13, 2013 12:06:29 PM

  6. @ Paul R: True. However, if the court rules that the law is, in fact, unconstitutional, and should never have been implemented in the first place, I think there would be pretty good standing for a lawsuit to receive restitution.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Feb 13, 2013 1:14:18 PM

  7. A body language expert would have a field day on Weeping John Latent Boehner's tongue thrusts every time something personally distasteful to him came up in the speech. Watch when President Obama talks of immigration reform. Out thrusts the tongue of this orally fixated alcoholic imbecile. The Republications need to be thrown into obscurity for a century.

    Posted by: 1equalityusa | Feb 13, 2013 2:33:50 PM

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