Pentagon Expands Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

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More good news out of Washington this week as the Pentagon announced it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses. The new benefits will “include housing privileges, access to base recreational facilities and joint duty assignments for uniformed couples.” The one much-needed benefit, though, that the Pentagon will continue to deny gay spouses is health care as the Defense of Marriage Act will prevent the federal government from doing so. “If you provide benefits to individuals seen as the most deserving and the social fabric doesn’t tear, that does make it easier down the line to do away with DOMA…It could be a flanking maneuver to keep chipping away at it,” said Tammy S. Schultz, the director of the National Security and Joint Warfare Program at the Marine Corps War College. [WP]

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