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Pentagon moves to extend benefits to gay spouses

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USA TODAY
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June 27, 2013
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The Defense Department said Wednesday it would immediately begin the process that will lead to providing benefits to the spouses of military servicemembers in same-sex marriages. The announcement follows the Supreme Court ruling striking down part of a law that denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples. "The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses -- regardless of sexual orientation -- as soon as possible," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a prepared statement. The benefits include medical care, housing allowance and internment at Arlington National Cemetery.