Extending Housing Benefits To Same-Sex Couples After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Following the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Department of Defense should “immediately extend all legally feasible benefits to same-sex couples” like on-base family housing and regulatory definitions for dependents and family members to include same-sex couples, CAP’s Laura Conley and Lawrence Korb write in a new editorial. The Pentagon working group which studied the repeal process concluded that some benefits like hospital visitation rights and life insurance beneficiary status, “were already eligible to be directed to a person of the service member’s choosing” while others — like free legal assistance — could be made available by the Department. Fearing political pressures, however, the group specifically recommended that “DOD not include on-base family housing” in the initial modifications.