ID Cards for Same-Sex Spouses
In response to the Supreme Court rulings on June 26, 2013 that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) recently published this information on the milConnect website. milConnect is a web application provided by the DMDC that offers sponsors, spouses, and their children (18 years and older) access to their personal information, health care eligibility, personnel records, and other information from a centralized location.
The Department of Defense (DoD) will review the decision of the Supreme Court carefully, in consultation with the Department of Justice. DoD has formed a working group so that they can immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court's decision.
DoD will immediately begin to update the identification card issuance infrastructure and update the applicable implementing guidance. They estimate that this process will take about 6-12 weeks. For civilian employees, the Department will look to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for guidance. For civilian employees who are eligible for ID card-related benefits, DoD intends that ID cards will be made available to same-sex spouses of civilian employees at the same-time as same-sex spouses of military members.
For a good overview of benefits that same-sex military spouses will be eligible for read After DOMA: What It Means for You from the LGBT Organizations Fact Sheet Series.
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