Thursday, August 08, 2013
DOD makes measured progress in same-sex partner military benefits
The US military may start providing military same-sex couples benefits (or spouses of same-sex military partners) if they were legally married in one state according to that state’s laws, according to the most recent press reports, such as in an AP story by Lolita C. Baldor, printed in the Houston Chronicle here.
Same-sex couples who are not married in such a state may be given leave to travel to such a state, according to reports. It is not completely clear whether one of the partners must reside in such a state or whether the military person must have resided before enlisting.
Although Outserve and SLDN have pushed hard on marriage benefits since the 2011 repeal of DADT, this does represent considerable progress.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently spoke (July 31) about it at a news conference at the Pentagon.