Panetta anouncement expected this week
(NEWSER) – In another big step forward for gay rights in the military, the Pentagon is planning to extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of military personnel. The new benefits are expected to include housing benefits and access to facilities like spouses' clubs, but many more benefits will be out of reach for same-sex military spouses while the federal Defense of Marriage Act remains in place, reports the Washington Post. Officials say that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hasn't made a final decision on what benefits will be involved yet, but an announcement will come in the next few days, the APreports.
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