In this photo taken Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Raeford, N.C., Tracy Dice Johnson and her wife, Sgt. Donna Johnson, are shown in a portrait, while Donna's military portrait hangs at rear. When Donna ... more 
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Raeford, N.C., Tracy Dice Johnson and her wife, Sgt. Donna Johnson, are shown in a portrait, while Donna's military portrait hangs at rear. When Donna Johnson was killed in Afghanistan last year, Dice, a North Carolina National Guardswoman, heard about it from her sister-in-law. Although Donna Johnson had listed Dice as her next-of-kin, Army casualty officers informed Johnson’s mother of her death first because of a federal law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gerry Broome
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 4:05 PM EDT