US Military To Award Some Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

Law360, Los Angeles (February 11, 2013, 7:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday announced that the U.S. military would extend some of the benefits available to heterosexual spouses of military members to same-sex domestic partners, saying the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation had no place in the military.

In Monday's letter and accompanying memorandum by outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, the Pentagon said that — 17 months after the end of DADT — the repeal law has been effectively...
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