Gay/ Lesbian Family Faces Red Tape in Military

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Lesbian couple Jessica Lohmeier and Lauren Russell have both served in the U.S. Army, and now after having a son, Lohmeier is ready to reenlist.

"In 2009, I had James and now I'm ready to get back in the military," said Jessica Lohmeier, who served in the Army Reserves for two years.

But she was stopped at the gate by recruiting regulations.

"They said because I have full custody of a child, I have to have a marriage license," said Lohmeier.

The idea is to have a spouse able to care for the child should a tragedy happen to her overseas. But, her spouse of choice isn't acceptable.

"Of course, I am going to take care of him that's my job as a second parent, We are a three person family. I love her like my wife and James as my son," said Lauren Russell, Lohmeier's partner.

A spokesperson from the defense press office at the Pentagon said the Department Of Defense policy says, "military services may not enlist an unmarried individual with a child under 18." The statement goes on to say, "As a federal entity, the military is prohibitted from recognizing same-sex marriage."

"I said ok, i'll get married," said Lohmeier.

Lohmeier says she'll get a legal marriage license with a man, to keep both her military career and her son. Something her partner says she'll have to support.

"Gay and lesbian love is the same as heterosexual love. The laws are just different. Though they accept us, they are not accepting our family . Where is th equal rights? Where is the acceptance?" said Russell.

After fighting for America, both women say they hope the country will fight for them.



 
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