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Post-DOMA: Gay Troops’ Spouses Can Be Buried at Arlington

Pentagon still studying cost, extent of federal benefits to same-sex spouses Comment () Tweet “We will move very swiftly, expeditiously, on implementing the law,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. The spouses of gay and lesbian service members will be among those to receive federal benefits, including burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, hours after the Supreme Court overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense Department does not, however, yet know how much these benefits will cost, how it will pay for them or whether they will all extend to service members in states that do not allow gay marriage. “We will move very swiftly,…