Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce this week that same-sex partners of military personnel will receive expanded benefits, news reports say.
Panetta's policy will likely include issuing military identification cards to same-sex partners of military personnel, which would allow them to shop at military commissaries, and access to gyms, movie theaters and family support programs on bases and posts, the New York Times reports.
The Pentagon had been considering what benefits could be offered without violating the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that strictly defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Unless the law is repealed, the Pentagon is probably unable to offer full financial benefits like medical and dental coverage and housing allowances to the same-sex partners of military personnel because they are federal employees, the Times reports.
Via the New York Times