Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News, is reporting the Defense Department will announce today that gay and lesbian service members stationed in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, will be eligible for 10 days leave so that they can marry in a marriage equality state.
The Defense Department will also announce all branches of the armed services will extend the same benefits and privileges to same-sex couples as they grant heterosexual couples, including housing and health care. Spouses of military members will also be extended the same on-base privileges extended to other spouses, including access to military stores.
The new rules are expected to go into effect September 3.
Let’s hope the Defense Department’s quick action to move toward equality serves to motivate the Social Security Administration, who announced last Friday that, for the time being, a couple must reside in a state recognizing their marriage to collect benefits. The SSA says they are still formulating their policy in coordination with the Justice Department.
There was no word on when the Social Security Administration might announce a permanent policy.
Photo is the wedding of Sgt. Mark Mazzone and HM3 Derrick Cooper who married in Annapolis Maryland, from Out Serve’s Facebook Page
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