Pentagon to Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses
Panetta announcement expected this week
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 12:54 AM CST
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea.    (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Brian J. Clark, File)

(Newser) – In another big step forward for gay rights in the military, the Pentagon is planning to extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of military personnel. The new benefits are expected to include housing benefits and access to facilities like spouses' clubs, but many more benefits will be out of reach for same-sex military spouses while the federal Defense of Marriage Act remains in place, reports the Washington Post. Officials say that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hasn't made a final decision on what benefits will be involved yet, but an announcement will come in the next few days, the AP reports.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on DOMA's constitutionality in June and gay rights advocates believe the Pentagon's latest move could help the case for repeal. "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," says the director of the National Security and Joint Warfare Program at the Marine Corps War College.

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homer57
Feb 6, 2013 4:43 PM CST
Someone please answer this other question: why is the topic of Homosexuality even a topic? Why should a topic that is soooo unseemly even on the discussion table and the debate table? There is NO way in any fashion that 2 men/women in the marital relationship produces anything! Go to the hospitals and SEE what it produces...go to all the homes for the infirmed etc and see what this produces! Talk to a reformed Homosexual and SEE what they have learned! I do NOT wish to make people mad because i hate their ways and upset them but should anyone hold back from telling the TRUTH just to make them feel good? Would you not pull your friend out of the fire IF he were getting ready to fall, or to resuce them from danger if they didn't know it! Telling people the TRUTH is worth making anyone mad or upset, because "The Truth" is what SAVES!!!
homer57
Feb 6, 2013 4:34 PM CST
P.S. Question: If you take 3 separate Islands and populate the first w/100 females and the second w/100 males and the 3rd w/50 couples of males/females, and leave them alone for 100 years, and then come back: which one would be prosperous and thriving? You already KNOW the answer!
homer57
Feb 6, 2013 4:32 PM CST
So...I am a Bible thumping, religious hater...IF I read the Gospel Of Jesus Christ and abhore what HE abhores..i.e Homosexuals, and perverts and people who hate Him...etc etc! Well, so be it! Tough apples! I will NOT budge on the fact that two men or two women in front of a clergyman etc is NOT a marriage, two dogs or cats do that and that's only to do somwething that Homosexuals can't do...Procreate! I am NOT sorry when i say...GOD HATES some things,(Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV) and He hates this act, and He hates those who hate HIS Gifts..(John 3:36 KJV).HE, I mean HE alone made man and woman to marry and HE alone told the world what the ORDER of marriage is: and it is NOT two of the same couple acting or trying to be accepted as such! YOU will never change HIS mind, nor mine...I am w/Him, so....IT is like telling a two year old he can't run around naked or that he can't run in the house he will fall, or telling him the stove is HOT, don't touch it...he just won't or can't understand and ususally gets burnt! then he understands! Someone who has already decided that homosexuality has already decided that it's OK, and it SURELY is NOT!!! It is UNseemly according to the Bible Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27 KJV So call me a Bible thumper all you want, BUT Until you are old eneough and wise enough to SEE the truth and to KNOW what I am talking about, MAYBE you just ought to take advise from GODs own WORD!!! STUDY...to show thyself worthy, approved unto God!!! 2 Tim 2:15, then maybe you just ought to wake up to the fact that you are wrong, and soooooooo is homosexuality!!