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While rights and laws dealing with gay marriage have always been a battle, the Pentagon announced this Monday that same-sex military couples will now be able to receive 20 new benefits that heterosexual couples already have.
According to Perez Hilton, the push for this equality was made by secretary Leon Panetta.
Panetta stated, “Our work must now expand to changing our policies and practices to ensure fairness and equal treatment and to taking care of all of our service members and their families, to the extent allowable by law.”
The Washington Post reports that some of the benefits include access to base facilities and groups, and the right to joint duty assignments.
Panetta continued, “It is a matter of fundamental equality that we provide similar benefits to all those men and women in uniform who serve their country.”
According to the site, it is estimated that “5,600 active-duty and roughly 3,400 National Guard service members have same-sex spouses.”
The benefits are set to be issued within the next 60 days and will come into effect between August 31 and October 1.