3 face charges when lesbian couple marry Marines for $

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3 face charges when lesbian couple marry Marines for $

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/02/california.marines.fraud/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Basically, a lesbian couple wanted to live together but couldn't afford it. One is a Marine and one a civilian. Since the military gives housing stipends to married servicemembers, the two married male Marines to collect the money. (Contract marriage.)

The three Marines are being charged with "conspiracy, making false official statements, fraud and adultery for allegedly marrying to collect thousands in financial assistance."

"There's no conspiracy here," Murphy told KGTV. "There's no trying to steal from anybody. We just wanted to be together and she wanted to serve her country."

So what do you think? Did they do anything wrong? If so, what should be their punishment?

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Um. Yeah, it's fraud and adultery. We had a guy get kicked out because he did the same thing except he had a girlfriend, but they didn't get married. It took the AF less time to discharge him than it did to kick out another guy who used his Government Travel Card at the casino and the strip club. We need to focus more on making it legal to get married before we start with the military.

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Well first of all, if you're in the Marines you should really be following their rules. I mean, I may think the rule is wrong but once you sign up for the Marines you are agreeing to the rules they set forth for you, period.

Now from a more relaxed POV, I think it was the second marriage that blew it. The first one "evens out". . .they would have been allowed to be married if they were straight, so it's one marriage, one stipend. But the second one just feels like they were trying to steal as opposed to just asking for the same rights as others.

So yeah, they should face the punishment.

That said, THREE CHEERS FOR NEW YORK!!! It's been a long time coming.

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Yes it's definitely fraud and adultery, as the military doesn't take either of them lightly. People can't go breaking the law just because they're upset that they can't legally marry.

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Just legalize gay marriage & be done with this kind of absurdity, please. Sad