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Pentagon Rushes To Give Benefits To Gay Spouses

From the Wall Street Journal:

Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

By Julian E. Barnes | June 26, 2013

Hours after the Supreme Court ruling, the Pentagon announced that it would move to quickly extend all benefits given to opposite sex spouses to same-sex couples including medical, dental and housing allowances.

But what about the sequester? We thought the military didn’t even have enough money to put ships to sea, but they can afford to expand benefits overnight?

Defense officials also said that same sex spouses would have the same rights to be buried alongside war veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

“The Department of Defense, will move very swiftly, expeditiously, on implementing the law, the decision of the Supreme Court,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “We think it’s the right decision, and we’re looking forward to taking that decision and implementing the required next steps.”

The Pentagon also said within six to 12 weeks same-sex spouses will be give official identification cards that will entitle them to equal access to military bases, child care programs, military commissaries, gyms and other facilities open to military families…

Yes, the Obama administration and even the Pentagon can act fast when they want to.

One issue that could take longer to resolve is overseas tours. In some countries, like Germany and Japan, military service members are allowed to bring spouses with them. Defense officials said they are going to have to review local laws and bilateral military protection agreements with all countries before allowing same-sex spouses to accompany service members.

A defense official said the intent is to ensure equal treatment of same-sex spouses, but the department must ensure that gay family members have the same protections when travelling overseas.

We’re sure they’ll get more protection than our people in Benghazi.

Officials said they couldn’t immediately say how much equalizing benefits will cost the department.

“The Joint Chiefs have been very clear that we’ll follow the law of the land, and the law of the land has just changed, and we will now as quickly as possible assess what that means,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I’m sure there will be some cost, but we’ll figure it out because we’ll follow the law of the land.”

Money is no object when advancing a social agenda. Which, after all, is the real mission of the military these days.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 27th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pentagon Rushes To Give Benefits To Gay Spouses”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    That’s right. When they WANT something done, it’s done at the speed of light, when they don’t, they have excuses.

    “The vast majority of members in this body realize that the immigration system is broken and needs fixing,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

    IT’S BROKEN BECAUSE YOU BROKE IT! This is how government is, they allow a system to fail, so they can have a reason to pass a 1200 page pork-bill that gives power to the democrats, and provide jobs for their voters. OR, they invent a broken system like Global Warming so they can do the same thing.

    I wonder when John McCain is going to catch on to this…..

  2. heykev says:

    Never. He’s habitually clueless.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    God’s judgement will be severe

  4. canary says:

    Will the DOD give lessons on oral sex causing cancer and catching AIDS like they used to lecture them about VD.

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