SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians discharged from the military for being gay would have a better chance of recouping veterans' benefits under a law approved by the Assembly.
AB1505 is a response to the recent repeal of a 1993 federal law that allowed gays to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation private.
It states that if the federal government reinstates benefits for soldiers discharged under that law, California will do the same. The bill also would help veterans who received dishonorable discharges because of their sexual orientation clear their records.
The bill passed 45-5 Monday and moves to the Senate.
Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento said he wrote the bill because all people who dedicated their lives to the country deserve benefits, including medical care.