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09/26/2013 11:47 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Military Couple On Spousal Benefits For Same-Sex Partners After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal (VIDEO)

The U.S. Department of Defense released a heartwarming video Sept. 25 depicting the lived impact of the recent extension of spousal and family benefits to same-sex military couples.

In the above video, Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe-Franqui and Jonathan Beebe-Franqui discuss both the symbolic and tangible importance of being able to apply for a military ID card as the same-sex spouse of an official, and the changing perception of same-sex relationships in the U.S. military since the 2011 repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"This is a huge step forward, because if you look at history every advancement in human rights for people started in the military... really what it boils down to is that we're taking care of families, and the service member can go protect this country and do what they need to do," the couple noted.

Check out the video above for not only the interview with the Beebe-Franquis, but pictures of other same-sex military couples following the extension of full benefits to gay and lesbian military families.

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