Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Statement On Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling – American Military News

Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Statement On Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a statement welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn DOMA. The gay marriage issue is still a divisive one but since the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” the tone has changed from some military officials.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the Defense Department intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses – regardless of sexual orientation – as soon as possible.

His statement is as follows:

“The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act.  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.

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