The Pentagon has extended social benefits for the military who are in same-sex unions, and their partners, equating them in to heterosexual spouses, the statement said U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
"Discrimination based on sexual orientation is no longer a place in the army. Additional benefits such as health insurance or providing housing, now allowed by law for (heterosexual) couple and can not, therefore, apply to same-sex partners" - said on Monday a memorandum of the Ministry.
Innovations will take effect by the end of August 2013. Same-sex partners, in particular, will have the right to visit each other in the hospital, access to education and youth support and compensation in case of death of a partner. According to the Pentagon, the new rules will affect about 5.6 thousand active troops and 17,000 reservists, National Guard, and retired military.