Panetta OKs some benefits for gay military couples

Defense of Marriage Act limits move

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Last month, he lifted the 1994 ban on women serving in ground combat units, and in September 2011, he lifted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which banned openly gay troops from serving, after Congress repealed it as law in December 2010.

“Discrimination based on sexual orientation no longer has a place in the military,” he said.

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