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Military Will Offer 10 Days Leave To Members In Marriage Inequality States Who Wish To Marry

by Jean Ann Esselink on August 14, 2013

in Families,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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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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BJLincoln August 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

The military was ready for DOMA's demise. Things like this are pushing and adding fuel to our fire to get more done like pass ENDA. I hope they compensate those who were most recently screwed by DOMA. But then they continue to screw with those who were kicked out because of DADT.
It is getting better, from a legal stand point, everyday. It's when the attitudes of the people change for the better that we can truly feel equal.

leigh1009 August 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

My husband and I got married over a year ago. He is an officer in the Air Force. He only got 4 days off (from the day he was allowed to leave til the day he had to be back) for us to get married and we were getting married over 700 miles from where he was stationed in the state where I lived, we went both to school, and where both of our families live. Would've been nice for us to get 10 days. He barely made it to the rehearsal dinner on time and we're still waiting on a honeymoon.

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