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US to offer benefits to spouses of gay troops: officials

A veteran takes part during a rally on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Pentagon plans to extend some benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian troops, officials said Tuesday.The Pentagon plans to extend some benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian troops, officials said Tuesday. The decision was expected to be formally announced within days, before outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta retires this month, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But the officials could not say which benefits would be provided to same-sex couples.