23 Jun '13, 9pm

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriages, benefits

The Supreme Court is expected to decide this week whether the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages, a decision that could have a far-reaching impact on military life. For troops, the decision will help resolve controversial questions about whether gay service members who are married should receive full military family benefits, including health care, housing allowance at with-dependent housing rates, and access to on-base family housing. The court will rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which since 1996 has required the federal government, including the military, to define “marriage” as a union between a man and a woman. If the court strikes down the law as unconstitutional, the Defense Department may face some daunting and legally complex questions about whether to extend benefits to all same-sex couples, or just to some...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130623/NEWS05/3062...

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