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Mr. Sarvis said the battle is not over. He has written Mr. Panetta with a list of benefits he wants for military gays and their partners. He also is threatening lawsuits.

“The work of advancing military equality marches forward after repeal,” he said in a statement.

“At SLDN, we will fight alongside those who may face harassment or discrimination as we oversee implementation; when necessary and timely, litigate in the courts to bring about full LGBT equality in America's military; advocate for legally married service members to receive the same benefits as their straight counterparts; and assist veterans to correct or upgrade their discharge paperwork.”