Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Pentagon extends some benefits to same-sex partners, subject to DOMA-induced limits

The Pentagon will extend some benefits to same-sex partners of people in the Armed Forces, according to an Associated Press story appear in the Washington Post front page on Wednesday February 6, 2013.
Partners will have some access to commissary stores and health and welfare benefits. 

However outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has to avoid violating any provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) while it is still being litigated.

The Post story is here

Adam Smith (D-WA) had introduced legislation authorizing full benefits to same-sex partners where marriages occurred in any state where it is legally recognized. 

The culture of the military has changed quickly with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", and that development is certainly putting psychological pressure on the Boy Scouts.  

When I was in the Army and stationed at Fort Eustis, VA in 1969, there was a lot of pressure on the flag officers to support local BSA troops/  

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