Memo: Gay Troops to Get 10 Days of Leave to Marry
As part of proposed Pentagon plan to extend benefits to same-sex couples
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
Sgt. Brandon Morgan, right, kisses his partner Dalan Wells in a helicopter hangar at a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Lewis)

(Newser) – Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the Pentagon is reviewing a plan that would extend full marriage benefits to same-sex couples by the end of this month, according to a draft memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlining the proposal obtained yesterday by the AP. In the process, the Defense Department would ditch a previous plan that would have allowed unmarried same-sex couples access to some limited benefits after signing a declaration form.

Now, troops will actually need to be legally married to get the benefits, but the military will give them 10 days of leave so they can travel to a state where gay marriage is legal and tie the knot. In the memo, Hagel says that the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously agreed that "the spousal and family benefits far outweigh the benefits that could be extended under a declaration system." A source tells the AP the Justice Department is reviewing the memo, and that the Pentagon can take action once that is complete.

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19_56_19_55
Aug 10, 2013 7:43 AM CDT
When I was in the Army if you wanted to get married to a women you didn't get 10 extra days to get married. What the hell is this asshole in Washington DC doing ? It adds a how new meaning when you say BLOW HIM AWAY!!!!!!!!! What a butt plug our president turned out to be.
HANKHILL
Aug 9, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
GAY TROOPS! WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! YOU SHOULD JOIN UP TO BE THE BEST WARFIGHTER YOU CAN BE! KEEP ALL THE "OTHER STUFF" GAY ZOMBIE WITCH OR WHATEVER AT HOME! I DONT GIVE A DAMN WHAT YOU ARE MY TAX MONEY SHOULD GO TO WARFIGHTING ONLY!
NorCalHal
Aug 8, 2013 6:47 PM CDT
I KNOW the military has changed a LOT since I was in (and not necessairly for the better) but they didn't give NON -gays 10 days to get married then! You took some of your accumulated leave and did whatever you wanted. WHY is ANY employer, military or not, involved in your personal life?