Hagel: Same-sex military spouses to get benefits - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Hagel: Same-sex military spouses to get benefits

Posted: Updated:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the DOD's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event at the Pentagon, June 25, 2013. (DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the DOD's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event at the Pentagon, June 25, 2013. (DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)
MYFOXNY.COM -

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act, the Pentagon intends to extend marriage benefits to same-sex spouses of members of the military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the provision in DOMA that denied federal benefits to married gay couples.

"Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country, and their qualifications to do so," Hagel said in a statement. "Today's ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve."

Hagel said the Department of Defense will consult with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies and will extend benefits to all military spouses "as soon as possible."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
  • Transgender teen escapes from custody

    Transgender teen escapes from custody

    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices