According to an Associated Press story, when DADT is repealed, gay servicemembers will still be treated like second-class citizens.
Somehow I think that this was known all along and is the reason that repealing DADT by the oppressive right-wing has not been as big an issue as it would have been if these opposing restrictions were known. It's easy to tell what the agenda is here.
Thanks to 1996′s Defense of Marriage Act—which defines the
institution as a legal union between a man and woman—the Pentagon claims
the Defense Department is prohibited from extending partner benefits
that “ease the costs of medical care, travel, housing and other living
expenses” to gay couples, even if they were legally wed in a state that
honors same-sex marriages.
That means housing allowances and off-base living space
for gay servicemembers with partners could be decided as if they were
living alone. Base transfers would not take into account their spouses.
If two gay servicemembers are married to each other they may be
transferred to two different states or regions of the world. For
heterosexual couples, the military tries to avoid that from happening. Same-sex partners cannot receive
military IDs, so they can’t shop in commissaries, receive treatment at
military medical facilities or even be allowed on base unescorted. They can be listed as the person to be notified if a soldier is missing, injured or killed, but cannot be told any details about the death. And if their partner is killed, the military won’t pay for them to go collect the body.
Should DOMA be repealed, the military’s policy regarding same-sex
partner benefits could change. But for now I suggest any potential
recruits think twice before signing up to (not) be all they can be.