WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced Wednesday its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees.
According to a DOD news release, the agency "remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who serve in the U.S. military, and their families, are treated fairly and equally as the law directs."
Benefits for same-sex couples already married are retroactive to June 26, 2013, the date the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.
In addition to extending benefits to spouses, the department says they will implement policies to allow military personnel stationed in areas where same-sex marriage isn't legal to travel to a jurisdiction where they can get married. The agency says, "This will provide accelerated access to the full range of benefits offered to married military couples throughout the department, and help level the playing field between opposite-sex and same-sex couples seeking to be married."
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