Titus Advocates on Behalf of LGBT Veterans

May 7, 2014
Floor Statements

May 7, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First District spoke on the House Floor to highlight ongoing discrimination against same-sex veteran couples. Below are her remarks:
“Last week during the Veterans Administration Appropriations debate, I spoke about Madelynn Taylor - a veteran being denied the right to be interred with her spouse, Jean, in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery because they are lesbians.
“Idaho does not recognize their marriage and is denying the couple the honor and dignity earned through Madelynn’s service in the U.S. Navy. 
“Clearly LGBT veterans continue to face discrimination. Nearly a year after the landmark decision striking down DOMA, the VA still does not have a clear policy to ensure ALL veterans and their spouses have access to their earned benefits.
“In response to the situation, Idaho resident and 27 year Army veteran Colonel Barry Johnson offered Madelynn and Jean his plot at the state cemetery stating, Madelynn, ‘loves her country. She wants her partner by her side and she wants to eternally rest among veterans in the state she made home. She deserves that.’
“We need more people like the Colonel here in Congress, willing to speak up on behalf ALL our veterans and their families who deserve to receive the benefits they’ve earned.”