Pentagon to give marriage benefits to gay spouses following Supreme Court victory on DOMA

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel just announced that the Pentagon will make marriage benefits available all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 3 of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this morning.

DOMA, among other things, forbade the federal government from providing the federal benefits of marriage to legally-wed gay couples.

Still unresolved is whether the Pentagon will provide these benefits to gay couples from states where gay marriage is still not legal.

Still, this is huge news on a huge news day. I’d already reported earlier that an immigration judge in New York had stopped the deportation of a gay Colombian man, who is married to an American, following the Supreme Court’s decision.

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