Reports from both The Wall Street Journal and NBC News say
Defense secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will announce Friday that the military is
ready to officially repeal "don't ask, don't tell."
Once the certification announcement is made, the military will have to address questions about the benefits same-sex couples will receive, says the Journal.
"While the military will be free to provide some services to same-sex spouses, such as family support for spouses of deployed service members, federal law blocks it from providing them the full range of health, housing and education available to heterosexual couples," the paper reports.
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