Same-sex partners will gain access to military benefits

The Pentagon on Monday released a list of military benefits that will be offered to the same-sex partners of service members. The benefits include military IDs, access to commissaries and the ability to visit loved ones in military hospitals. Some benefits will remain off limits to same-sex partners, as offering them is illegal under the Defense of Marriage Act, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The Pentagon aims to make the new benefits available by Oct. 1.

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