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MILITARY: Special benefits for same-sex couples?

Letter by John Campbell, University Place on Aug. 9, 2013 at 11:18 am with No Comments »
August 9, 2013 1:48 pm

Re: “Pentagon weighs benefits for same-sex spouses” (TNT, 8-9).

The article states that the Department of Defense is attempting to quickly implement an additional 10 days of leave to any same-sex couple in the military that wants to travel to a state allowing same-sex marriage.

I hope this is a mistake by the reporter. I can’t believe that DOD would discriminate against traditional marriage in this manner.

While in the service, I had to use part of my annual leave to facilitate my marriage. Why can’t homosexuals in the military use part of their 30 days annual leave to facilitate their marriage?

This move appears to me to be an attempt to ensure that the military is known for its special treatment of homosexuals and discrimination against non-homosexual members. I can’t see any other reason for it.

It appears to me that today’s military is not the same service I proudly served for many years. Very sad.


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