The Pentagonâ€™s much-ballyhooed extension of benefits to same-sex couples may be scaled back a bit, as military heads said Wednesday theyâ€™re now mulling a plan to allow only legally married gays to take advantage.
A memo from the Defense Department obtained by The Associated Press said the change means that gay partners may not be allowed to sign a declaration form â€” basically saying theyâ€™re partners â€” as a condition of receiving the benefits, but instead would have to show documents proving theyâ€™re legally married.
The memo also said that Defense Department officials might allow 10 days of leave for military members to travel to states where gay marriage is legal, and wed, AP reported.
The memo was signed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and circulated among top military leaders.
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