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US Navy provides equal benefits to same-sex military spouses stationed in Japan

in JAPAN, 26/12/2013

The same-sex husbands and wives of US Navy personnel stationed in Japan will receive military benefits like those provided to heterosexual husbands and wives who follow their spouses on overseas military postings.

Japan has become only the second overseas place that isn’t a US possession or territory where same-sex married Navy couples will be given equal treatment when posted overseas – the only other being Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The change came about as a result of a deal between US and Japanese officials where both agreed to an interpretation of their status-of-force agreement to host US military bases in Japan so that the term ‘spouse’ applies to individuals who are legally married regardless of their partner’s sex.

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