Servicemembers United launched a new website Tuesday to provide
support for partners of gay and lesbian military members.
MilitaryPartners.org is the new home for the organization's "Campaign for Military Partners," which began in 2009.
"The civilian partners of gay and lesbian military personnel are often forgotten in the debate over the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United. "These silent heroes must bear all of the same burdens of military family life, but they are not able to share in the support, benefits, or recognition that the military provides to the wives and husbands, and even the girlfriends and boyfriends, of straight troops."