Hours after the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) banning homosexual partners from receiving the same federal benefits as traditional married couples, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed to immediately put the wheels in motion to allow homosexuals serving in the armed forces to access federal benefits for their same-sex “spouses.”
“The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act,” a statement from Hagel's office read. “The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do.”
Up until Congress repealed the official “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy in December 2010, openly homosexual individuals had always been banned from serving in the military. Since then it appears that top brass at the Pentagon have become enthusiastic champions of the burgeoning homosexual sub-culture in the armed forces, with the extension of federal benefits for “gay” soldiers and their partners certain to help cement the change. The Pentagon estimates that there are some 18,000 homosexual couples within the U.S. military.
“Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment,” declared the DoD in its statement following the Supreme Court decision. “All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.”
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