July 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opposed a request by gay veterans and their spouses for judgment in their favor in an ongoing challenge to veterans’ benefits statutes — a rare skirmish between LGBT advocates and the Obama administration on legal matters since 2011.

Citing procedural issues, Justice Department lawyers argued in a filing Thursday that a federal court in Massachusetts should not rule in favor of gay veterans and their same-sex spouses in regards to a pair of veterans’ benefits provisions that define marriage to exclude same-sex couples.