For the first time the surviving spouse of a member of Congress is being denied death benefits.As if that isn't offensive enough, digest this:
Dean Hara, who married former Massachusetts Rep. Gerry Studds shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004, has been disqualified for benefits under the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Surviving spouses of members of Congress collect more than half of the pension for the remainder of their lives.
Nevertheless, Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) who pled guilty last week to conspiracy charges and faces up to 10 years in prison for taking bribes will receive about $29,000 a year from his pension for the rest of his life - even while he is in prison.
This country is seriously ill.