WERTHEIMER: Okay. Let's look at some of the very practical questions that troops might have, like benefits. This is something that has come up a lot. Will the partners of gay service members get benefits?
MARTIN: This was a question, Linda, that was asked a lot during the debate. And to help me answer this, and other questions, I'm going to bring in another voice here, that of Bernard Rostker. He used to be the Undersecretary of the Department of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and he's been studying this issue of don't ask, don't tell since the policy was put into place back in 1993. So here's what Bernard Rostker told me about how repealing the ban will affect benefits for gay partners.
Mr. BERNARD ROSTKER (Former Undersecretary, Department of Defense for Personnel and Readiness): The partners of gay service members will not at this point be given any special rights or any rights that parallel those of a spouse.NPR chose to put Rostker on the air and he's calling my right to marry "special rights"? That's offensive, that's damn offensive.
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