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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is not extending some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members even though it legally could because the issue requires more review and military leaders expressed concerns, senior Pentagon officials said Monday.

A new department memo detailed a number of other benefits that will be extended to same-sex partners, including identification cards that will provide access to commissaries and other services. But Pentagon officials said that while some housing payments and health care benefits can’t be included because of federal law, some access to base housing is not specifically prohibited and could be offered in the future.

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