Lesbian Army Vet Sues Feds After Wife Denied Military Benefits

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A U.S. Army veteran has filed a lawsuit against the federal government after her wife was denied military benefits.

Tracey Cooper-Harris, an Iraq War veteran who has served in the Army for 12 years, announced the lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The suit alleges Cooper-Harris — who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 — was denied an application for additional money and benefits after she received disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cooper-Harris, a graduate of CSU Northridge, married her partner Maggie in 2008.

The couple’s lawsuit argues that a federal law and the Department of Veterans Affairs policy that requires the disparate treatment for same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

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