Same-sex marriages have been supported by the Pentagon: For pairs expanded the list of social benefits

February 11 Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said that to consist of homosexual relations troops expanded the list of social benefits, transmits Lenta.ru citing Agence France-Presse.

Among the new benefits are omissions, which provide access to educational programs and the right to visit military hospitals. If one partner dies in the course of military operations, "the second half" is receiving financial support (Photo: David Lewis / AP).

As noted Panetta, the current legislation does not allow for military partners health insurance and housing allowance. To change the item to recognize same-sex marriages in the United States at the federal level (they are allowed only in nine states and the District of Columbia).

According to statistics from AFP, the number of same-sex couples in the U.S. Army, which will affect these changes is about 17 thousand.

Recall that homosexuals are allowed to serve in the U.S. Army from September 2011.

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