USA: DOMA Demise to Bring Benefits to Gay, Lesbian Military Spouses

Written by scott on June 26th, 2013

DOMA OverThe Pentagon is moving aggressively to give married gay and lesbian soldiers the same rights as their straight counterparts in the wake of the DOMA ruling. AmericaBlog reports:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel just announced that the Pentagon will make marriage benefits available all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 3 of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this morning. DOMA, among other things, forbade the federal government from providing the federal benefits of marriage to legally-wed gay couples.

Will this also apply in states that don’t recognize marriage equality? No word on that yet.

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