Proposal would give benefits to same-sex military spouses

A new proposal could give housing, health care, and other benefits to same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August. The department would also give up to 10 days of leave to personnel so they could travel to a state where they could legally marry.

It is fortunate that the military is now willing and able to provide equal benefits to everyone in its ranks. The military is a fundamental and important part of our country. The people who choose to serve and their domestic partners deserve equal rights and protection under the law if members of the military are willing to give their lives for their country.