Tracey Cooper-Harris

Lesbian Army veteran should get benefits, federal judge rules

SAN FRANCISCO -- Californian Tracey Cooper-Harris, a 12-year Army veteran who sued the veterans affairs department for withholding disability benefits from her and her partner because they are in a same-sex marriage, has had the case ruled in her favor by a U.S. district judge.

“The court finds that the exclusion of spouses in same-sex marriages from veterans’ benefits is not rationally related to the goal of gender equality,” said presiding Judge Consuelo Marshall, according to the Associated Press.