Conservative groups have criticized a Pentagon proposal to provide up to 10 days of leave to gay troops so that they can travel to a state where gay marriage is legal.

The plan, reported Wednesday by the AP, comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for the federal government to recognize the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

A draft Defense Department memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposes reversing a previous declaration system in which gay spouses would receive limited benefits after signing a declaration form.

“As the Supreme Court's ruling has made it possible for same-sex couples to marry and be afforded all benefits available to any military spouse and family, I have determined, consistent with the unanimous advice of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the spousal and family benefits far outweigh the benefits that could be extended under a declaration system,” Hagel wrote.

“[W]e are looking at providing extra leave for same-sex couples who want to get married to travel to a state where same-sex marriages are legal,” an anonymous source told the AP.

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), panned the proposal.

“[The Pentagon is] going to grant free 10 days of paid vacation for these service members to go to a state where they do perform same-sex 'marriages' so that they can come back to their duty installation and claim marriage benefits,” Maginnis told One News Now. “I believe that's a tragedy and a travesty as well.”