Pentagon To Make Changes In Wake Of Gay Marriage Ruling
The Pentagon says it's committed to providing equal benefits to the military spouses of gays and lesbians.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will begin the process to extend health care, housing and other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members as soon as possible.
The announcement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples.
Defense officials estimate there are 18,000 same-sex couples in the active duty, National Guard and Reserves.
It's unclear how many of those are married.
The court ruling also could allow same-sex spouses to be buried at Arlington Cemetery.
Sunday, February 1, 2015, Watertown, NY