I wonder how the states that have passed legislation banning gay marriage are going to react to the reality that a gay married couple with one or both partners in the military will be seen by the federal government as equal to hetero couples. So if a landlord refuses to rent to a gay military couple, could the local base commander tell his troops not to rent from said property owner? This will have a big influence in some places that have been reluctant to acknowledge the equality of gay and lesbian military personnel
Hagel's full statementPentagon moves to extend benefits to gay spouses
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department said it would immediately begin the process that will lead to providing benefits to the spouses of military servicemembers in same-sex marriages. The announcement follows the Supreme Court ruling striking down part of a law that denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
"The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses -- regardless of sexual orientation -- as soon as possible," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a prepared statement. "That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do," he said.
Statement by Secretary Hagel on DOMA Ruling
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.
Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country, and their qualifications to do so. Today's ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.