Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Military Partners
All benefits cannot be conferred unless the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed.
Officials said [Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta would order benefits that included the issuance of military identification cards to same-sex partners of military personnel, akin to those offered any dependent. That would bring privileges to shop at military commissaries, as well as access to gymnasiums, movie theaters and various family support programs on bases and posts. The focus is on those benefits that fall under Pentagon policy and can be changed by the defense secretary, rather than on benefits covered by DOMA.