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Same-Sex Spouses May Get Military Benefits

Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August. That’s according to a Pentagon proposal under consideration.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

But the agency may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. According to a draft Defense Department memo, the department instead may provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships so they can travel to states where they can marry legally.

While no final decisions have been made, the memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to top defense leaders would reverse the earlier plan that would allow same-sex partners of military members to receive limited benefits, such as access to military stores and some health and welfare programs.

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