Same-sex military couples will soon enjoy the same benefits as traditional military couples. According to the AP, full benefits will be extended to same-sex couples by the military, including housing and health care benefits, but the couples have to be married. The military will grant couples a leave of 10 days in order for them to travel where it is legal for same-sex couples to be married. This is a part of the policies that the Pentagon had promised to implement to recognize same-sex military couples, following the DOMA ruling by the Supreme Court.
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In the draft document, Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary wrote, “As the Supreme Court’s ruling has made it possible for same-sex couples to marry and be afforded all benefits available to any military spouse and family, I have determined, consistent with the unanimous advice of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the spousal and family benefits far outweigh the benefits that could be extended under a declaration system.”
Although the document is not yet final, we have an idea of the direction in which the Pentagon is heading. It was just two years ago that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was still in effect. [QUEERTY]