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August 14, 2013 9:54 AM

Military will extend health and other benefits to same-sex couples

For Bryan Ruiz and his partner, naval Engineering Duty Officer Jamie Mason, military rules regarding their same-sex relationship made each day more difficult. Without access to military health care for Ruiz, his medical bills from motorcycle accidents piled up. Since he isn’t in the military, even the mundane became tough: Mason had to escort Ruiz to and from the base so he could get to volleyball practice. But Wednesday changed all that, as the Defense Department announced that it will extend marriage benefits to same-sex spouses.

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