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Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners

In 2011, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, and her daughter Destiny Bautista, were living in San Diego, Calif., with Schwartz's then-fiance, U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, who was pregnant at the time. Then, same-sex partners weren't able to get the benefits that heterosexual couples could. Lucy Nicholson /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In 2011, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, and her daughter Destiny Bautista, were living in San Diego, Calif., with Schwartz's then-fiance, U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, who was pregnant at the time. Then, same-sex partners weren't able to get the benefits that heterosexual couples could.

Lucy Nicholson /Reuters /Landov

Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the military benefits the Pentagon will now extend to same-sex partners, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.

His announcement follows the word that broke last week about the Defense Department's plans to extend many benefits to same-sex partners and their dependents since the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been discontinued.

Some benefits cannot, because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, be extended to same-sex partners. But Panetta's announcement says that these benefits will be extended to such partners:

— Dependent I.D. cards

— Commissary privileges

— Exchange privileges

— Morale, welfare and recreation programs

— Surveys of military familes

— Quadrennial quality of life review

— Emergency leave

— Emergency leave of absence

— Youth sponsorship program

— Youth programs

— Family center programs

— Sexual assault counseling program

— Joint duty assignments

— Exemption from hostile-fire areas

— Transportation to and from certain places of employment and on military installations

— Transportation to and from primary and secondary school for minor dependents

— Authority of service secretary to transport remains of a dependent

— Disability and death compensation: dependents of members held as captives

— Payments to missing persons

— Space-available travel on DoD aircraft

— Child care

— Legal assistance

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