The Department of Veterans Affairs was among the last of the federal government organizations to extend benefits to same-sex couples, but now gay spouses are eligible to receive VA-back home loans, in states where their marriages are legally recognized. The VA Home Loan Centers, which operates as a privately held government loan specialist group will be the first lender to provide guaranteed mortgage financing to married same-sex couples.
The announcement comes after several key court rulings. The first, a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as discriminatory against same-sex couples. The second important ruling, following that monumental decision, occurred when a federal judge in California extended spousal benefits to a married same-sex couple. The benefits had previously been reserved for veterans in opposite-sex marriages. In July, House Republicans made the announcement they would no longer work to defend a statute preventing veterans’ benefits from applying to same-sex spouses.
“We’re pleased to lead to the way and lay the groundwork for providing equal benefits to same-sex married couples, in the form of highly-sought after VA home loans,” said Timothy Nash, Head Counsel of VA Home Loan Centers. “We work tirelessly to provide veterans and servicemembers with access to affordable housing opportunities, and now we’re extremely proud to be the first military mortgage provider to offer financing to these veterans who are part of a same-sex married couple. This is an important step in terms of civil rights and equality, and we owe it to our nation’s heroes to provide them with equal treatment, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
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