Tuesday, October 17, 2006

No Pension for Gerry Stubbs' Husband

From 365gay.com:

For the first time the surviving spouse of a member of Congress is being denied death benefits.

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.
As if that isn't offensive enough, digest this:

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.

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