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Pentagon Sexual Assault Policy Disregards Same-Sex Couples

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The Defense Department’s new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response limits eligibility for protections under the policy to “military dependents,” which includes only federally recognized spouses. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s Aubrey Sarvis has written a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta saying that he is “troubled” that this disqualifies same-sex couples under the Defense of Marriage Act and continues the “same sort of discrimination” as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. A Comprehensive Review Working Group promised to include “an element of fairness and equality” as officials implemented the repeal of DADT.

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