DADT Is Gone, But Don’t Expect The Military To Start Being Nice To Gay Military Spouses

The question I get is about benefits. And there are some benefits, clearly, that are—that accrue to the change which has already taken place, and there are other benefits which are brought up which are directly tied to DOMA, which is the Defense of Marriage Act, which is a law in the country—and we follow the law. And until—if and when that changes—I mean, we’ll follow whatever law is out there. Right now—so there are benefits that DOMA has tied up by virtue of what—the details that it specifically lays out and so until that changes, there’s not going to be any change to the benefits… From my perspective, the major issue with respect to integrity had to do with the need to cover up your life with—lie about who you were, lie about your personal relationships, constantly—as a way of life. And to me, that’s fundamentally different from whether benefit A, B or C should be given to certain individuals.”

– Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen saying that the military will continue denying benefits to the legally married partners of gay service members, as dictated by the Defense of Marriage Act, even though “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed.