Department of Defense extends benefits to couples of the same-sex

The Department of Defense has announced its plan to extend benefits to spouses of the same sex.

These entitlements include Tricare enrollment, Basic Allowance for housing, as well as family separation pay when the uniformed member is deployed.

According to a release by the Department of Defense, this decision comes after the Supreme Court's ruling that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.

In order to receive these benefits the service members must have a valid marriage certificate.

The DOD says quote, "We recognize that same-sex military couples who are not stationed in a jurisdiction that permits same-sex marriage would have to travel to another jurisdiction to marry.

That is why the Department will implement policies to allow military personnel in such a relationship non-chargeable leave for the purpose of travelling to a jurisdiction where such a marriage may occur."