(CNN) - The Pentagon will permit members of the military to travel to wed same-sex partners if the community or state where they are based does not permit it, a key element of a new benefits policy unveiled Wednesday.
The Defense Department announced its intention to extended health, housing and other benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and defense civilian employees.
By Barbara Starr
The United States may cancel a major military training exercise with Egypt due in part to worsening violence there, an Obama administration official told CNN.
Bright Star, planned for next month, would involve thousands of American air and ground forces.
Held every two years, it has long been considered vital for demonstrating U.S. military ability to deploy to the Middle East in the event of war.
Recent violence, especially the killing of protestors in Cairo on Wednesday, is factoring into new thinking on whether to participate, the official said.