Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
But DOMA prevents it from going all the way, Leon Panetta says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2013 12:01 PM CST
Navy sailors high-five before the gay pride parade Saturday, July 21, 2012, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – The Pentagon has decided to begin extending to same-sex partners many of the same benefits it offers married couples, Leon Panetta announced today. "It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country," Panetta said in a statement, which you can read in full at the Miami Herald.

There are some benefits the military won't be extending, however, because the Defense of Marriage Act legally prohibits it from doing so. But Panetta noted that the Supreme Court is currently reviewing DOMA. "While it will not change during my tenure as secretary of Defense, I foresee a time when the law will allow the department to grant full benefits to service members and their dependents, irrespective of sexual orientation," he said.

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Feb 12, 2013 11:37 AM CST
Well what red blooded American soldier doesn't want to see two hot women making out and scissoring? Oh wait.. that's porn.. Carry on.
Feb 12, 2013 2:03 AM CST
Changing camo to pink?
Feb 11, 2013 3:26 PM CST
Very good news and very good start. Once we will all feel sorry for bigots of today like we feel sorry now for those who discriminated black people decades ago. We will be sorry we had any form of discrimination. People have to realize that this is not a war against each other, this is a fight for justice. We are one nation and we have no other. Let's make it nice and comfortable for everyone.