Panetta Extends Benefits for Military Same-Sex Partners

Mike O'Brien

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that some military benefits would be extended to same-sex partners of military service members. The ground-breaking move comes just weeks after the Pentagon announced it was lifting the ban on women in combat. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the military would no longer provide some benefits to heterosexual couples while denying them to same-sex partners. The outgoing Mr. Panetta said: "Seventeen months ago, the United States military end...
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