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TSA’s Screening Rules For Same-Sex Married Couples Are Out of Date

Excerpt from CNN

Jan 26, 2014 9:00 am

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Oh, the bureaucracy moves slowly. Part of the Defense of Marriage Act was reversed in June, but more than six months later the TSA has still not updated its screening rules to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

— Dennis Schaal

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A man is screened with a backscatter x-ray machine at a TSA security checkpoint in terminal 4 at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles May 2, 2011. Danny Moloshok / Reuters


Hunter Carter and husband Cesar Zapata stepped up to the American Airlines ticket counter in Medellin, Colombia, expecting to undergo a preflight security screening together, just like heterosexual married couples.

That didn’t happen, even though the United States Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in late June, allowing for some federal recognition of same-sex marriage rights.

The Transportation Security Administration’s rules had not been updated when the couple flew home from Colombia on January 18 …  That appears to be changing. The TSA is updating its language, an agency spokesman confirmed.

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