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Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Two years after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay and lesbian members of the U.S. military are serving openly, getting married and starting families.

Though the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriages, about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't. That leaves thousands of service members, their spouses and their children missing out on legal rights they would have had if Uncle Sam stationed them elsewhere.

An example is 28-year-old Marine Corporal Nivia Huskey, whose wife is expecting the couple's first child. When the baby boy is born at the on-base hospital at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina law will bar the military policewoman from having any parental rights. The space on the baby's birth certificate marked "Father" will be left blank.

 

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