A draft of a policy memo under review at the Pentagon would extend benefits to the legal spouses of gay and lesbian troops, but those benefits would not be available to partners in civil unions or similar arrangements. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in the memo that a Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act eliminates the need to treat same-sex couples differently than opposite-sex couples. The memo proposes giving troops leave time to travel to states that allow them to marry their same-sex partners.

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