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Hello,Thank you for your question. Same sex domestic partners of retirees are now entitled to the same benefits as married servicemember and retiree spouses are. That said, the DOD is implementing the changes as we speak, so the Secretary of Defense ordered the Departments to have procedures in place to implement the policy change with a target date of August 31, 2013. However, they have until October 1 (which is the beginning the the Government's fiscal year) if needed. So, that means as early as August 31, same sex domestic partners can apply for ID cards and enroll/use other benefits that are listed in the following links: (you can see the benefits by going to those links)http://www.defense.gov/news/same-sexbenefitsmemo.pdfhttp://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119260Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.
I understand your answer; but what of the case of legally registered opposite sex domestic partners in California?
Are you saying that I can take my California opposite sex Domestic Partnership registration certificate to a military ID issuing facility & they must issue an ID for my Domestic partner of 35 yrs. in spite of not being "Married" due to her religious beliefs?
Thank you for your help attempting to interpret another Government "SNAFU". I guess, like the health care bill, we "Need to Read it to Find Out Whats in it!" Have a great day & again Thanks. A Retired Navy Chief.