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The recent liberalization of military policy toward greater equality for all service members is example of what happens when people speak out against inequity. After Barack Obama's re-election, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moved to end discrimination against women in the military by opening thousands of combat positions to them (1).  Panetta's latest reform, while not completely undoing the wrong, responds to the inequity suffered by same-sex partners of service people (2). This story comes from The Huffington Post (read full text and updates here.) – Ed.

Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same Sex Couples

More than a year after lifting the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, the Pentagon has extended certain benefits to these service members and their families.

Gay rights groups have been pressing the Pentagon to extend equal benefits to gay service members and their families since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The benefits include commissary privileges, access to family support initiatives and joint duty assignments. The move was one of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's last moves as a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, and it will likely be one of his most lasting legacies.

 

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  • Ted joined the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in February 2010. He brings more than twenty years' experience using media to create social change by creating communications strategies and content for progressive non-profits, political campaigns, and cause...

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UU Military: Eq... (not verified) 4 years 7 months ago

[...] Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently called for same-sex couples to enjoy spousal benefits (see this companion story on Blue Boat for details). Still,  pending the U.S Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage [...]

UU Military: Eq... (not verified) 4 years 6 months ago

[...] Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently called for same-sex couples to enjoy spousal benefits (see this companion story on Blue Boat for details). Still,  pending the U.S Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage [...]

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