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DoD Announces Extension of Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses

The Department of Defense has announced the extension of equal benefits for ALL military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation.   Read the relevant memos from the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense, as well as the briefing card from the Department of Defense:

Key components of this announcement include:

  • Entitlements are retroactive to the date of Supreme Court decision, June 26, 2013.
  • Any claims before 26 JUN 13, will not be granted.
  • For those Service Members married after June 26 2013, entitlements begin the date of the marriage.
  • Due to the limited number of States that recognize same-gender marriage, DoD allows the use of non-chargeable administrative leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur. Service members may be granted up to 7 days of non-chargeable administrative leave. Any Service Member assigned OCONUS may be granted up to 10 days of non-chargeable administrative leave.
  • The SECDEF memo dated February 11, 2013 concerning domestic partnership benefits is rescinded and superseded by the August 13, 2013 SECDEF memo.
  • All benefits are expected to be made available to same-sex couples no later than September 3, 2013.

Service specific administrative guidance:

While this is a huge step forward in ensuring our same-sex military spouses have equal access and support, the American Military Partner Association is committed to the long battle ahead of us in ensuring all of our LGBT military families have equal protection in all 50 states.

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