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Pentagon Video: Military Gay Couples Celebrate Spousal Benefits

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly two years after the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy was repealed and months after the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Department of Defense has for the first time released a video highlighting same-sex couples receiving military ID cards and spousal benefits.

Military identification cards allow spouses to access military benefits like medical care; housing allowances; access to commissaries; exchanges; morale, welfare and recreation programs.

The extension of spousal and family benefits to same-sex couples comes after a long military history of hiding and unequal treatment under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” military policy. Under this policy, gay service members were forced to hide their relationships in order to keep their jobs and serve their country, but all that changed on December 22, 2010 when President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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