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Pentagon Ready to Provide Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling extending federal benefits to same-sex couples, the Department of Defense “could provide same-sex spouses of military members with benefits such as health care and housing subsidies by the end of August. The plan would also give military members in same-sex relationships up to 10 days of leave to travel to a state in which they can legally marry,” according to Government Executive.

“Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Pentagon had announced plans to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Those benefits did not include health care and housing allowances, however… In his new memo, Hagel also promised to share the same benefits with all military spouses.”

Crossposted from Wonk Wire.

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