Since the end of both DOMA and DADT, eyes have been glued to the Pentagon, waiting for a definitive answer as to what sort of benefits it will start extending and to which same-sex couples. Thanks to a senior official who spoke with NBC News, we now have the official word, and it should prove exciting to LGBT service members across the nation.
"The Pentagon plans to extend to legally married same-sex couples the same privileges and programs that are provided to legally married heterosexual couples, including benefits tied to health care and housing, the official said."
Good news, certainly, but what about those gay service members not living in a state that permits marriage equality? Luckily, there's more good news for them.
"In addition, the official said that service members who are stationed in one of the 37 states where same-sex marriage is illegal will be offered up to 10 days of leave so they can travel to one of the 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, that grant same-sex marriage licenses."