Pentagon

Pentagon Considering Extending Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples

May provide 10 days of leave to same-sex couples so they can travel to a state where gay marriage is legal to get married

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed.

A draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press says 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.