SOUTH KOREA: Government Signs Off On US Military Protections & Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Stars & Stripes reports:

South Korea has signed off on a U.S. decision to give same-sex couples the same legal protections and benefits as military families under the status of forces agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

The statement came after the American Military Partner Association, a Washington-based advocacy group, announced that South Korea had been added to a list of overseas duty stations approved for same-sex couples.

“A huge burden has been lifted off of the shoulders of so many of our military families,” AMPA president Ashley Broadway-Mack said in a statement. “This is incredibly welcome news for so many servicemembers and their families who now don’t have to go through extraordinary lengths to stay together.”

U.S. military officials in Korea declined to confirm the status change.

South Korea joins more than 50 countries that have been approved for same-sex couples, AMPA said. Servicemembers in South Korea have confirmed that their requests are being processed, Broadway-Mack told Stars and Stripes.

About 28,000 US troops are currently stationed in South Korea.