August 14, 2013
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SPART*A Responds to Report Pentagon Will Authorize Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

SPART*A Responds to Report Pentagon Will Authorize Benefits for Same-Sex
Inability to Marry in All Locations Remains an Obstacle

(Washington, DC) SPART*A (Service Members, Partners, and Allies for Respect
and Tolerance for All) released the following statement in response to the
Pentagon proposal that spousal and family benefits will be granted to same-sex
spouses on an equal footing with straight married couples:

“The Department of Defense plan for expanding benefits for same-sex
couples and their families indicates some progress toward equality, but falls
short. It’s clear that lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members and their
families continue to face the significant challenges of inequality, including
inconsistent access to marriage equality across the country. The proposed
policy recognizes same-sex marriages, but also places an additional burden
on members living in states where marriage equality is prohibited. These
service members will be required to obtain a legal marriage available only in
a limited number of states and must pay for the related travel costs out of
pocket. This highlights the continuous harm done to LGB military families by
marriage inequality. SPART*A strongly urges the Pentagon to continuously
review benefit policies and enact the changes necessary to ensure fairness
and equality for all service members as soon as possible.”

                                                                   - SPART*A Board of Directors


SPART*A is a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the
military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a
membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the
LGBT military community. Our mission is to advocate for and support our actively
serving LGBT military members and veterans, and their families, while working to
ensure the military provides equal opportunity for all service members regardless
of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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