Obama supports military benefits to gay and lesbian service members
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 00:02
Gay and lesbian service members got more support for equal benefits from their Commander-in-Chief Tuesday night.
President Barack Obama placed his support adjacent to supporting a move to place women in combat during a progressive government State of the Union address.
"We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight," Obama said.
The statement comes behind a statement by the Pentagon that same-sex military partners will begin to receive some benefits.
Republicans and other conservatives aren't taking kindly to the movement.
“We are on a slippery slope here,” Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) said to the Washington Post. “Why would the DoD extend benefits to same-sex partners and then deny cohabitation heterosexual couples the same benefits?”
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