Why the Supreme Court's DOMA decision is limiting the Pentagon's gay benefits

By Connor Simpson

February 6, 2013

Do tell, and do ask the Supreme Court, the Obama administration has firmly pronounced. Later this week, the Pentagon will unveil the extension of as many benefits as it legally can to gay and lesbian military partners, the Washington Post reports. The only issue is that the Pentagon has to be careful they don't violate anything in the Defense of Marriage Act. Even though President Obama has urged lawmakers not to enforce DOMA, it still hasn't been repealed. And until a Supreme Court decision arrives this summer, an increasingly open Defense Department needs to tread lightly on benefits that simply remain unavailable.

But that won't stop the Pentagon from extending an estimated 100 benefits to same-sex couples after this week's announcements. It's unclear right now which specific benefits will be granted, so we'll have to wait and see. 

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By Connor Simpson

February 6, 2013

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