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Post-DOMA for the military: Gay couples to get base housing, medical care

SAN DIEGO -- The reversal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act means same-sex couples may likely move into San Diego County military housing in the near future.

And spouses of gay service members will start appearing at San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park and other military clinics for their health care.

Wednesday's Supreme Court decision will have a big impact on the finances of gay military couples, said Gary Barthel, a retired Marine Corps lawyer who now specializes in military law at the San Diego firm Higgs, Fletcher and Mack.

“It's going to allow them to recoup benefits that they have not been entitled to otherwise in the past. In some cases this can amount to thousands of dollars a month,” Barthel said.

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