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Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

| Friday, December 13, 2013
Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits.

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Air Force Academy cadets: No anti-gay culture, issues with ‘ex-gay’ activist

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
COLORADO SPRINGS -- A group of openly gay U.S. Air Force Academy cadets said Friday they have had no negative interaction with, or objections to the continued employment of a former conversion therapy counselor and long-time proponent of the ex-gay movement.

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U.S. House version of LGBT veterans, family benefits bill introduced

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) on Wednesday introduced the U.S. House version of the bipartisan "Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act," aimed at ensuring LGBT veterans and their families receive equal treatment for equal service.

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Mo. National Guard now issuing military IDs for gay spouses

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard is processing requests from same-sex partners for military ID cards that are the gateway to accessing benefits.

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Ky. National Guard now allowing benefits for married same-sex couples

| Sunday, November 17, 2013
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has accepted a recommendation from the state's adjutant general to allow spouses of gay National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits.

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Okla. governor evaluates options over Guard benefits for same-sex couples

| Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mary Fallin
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are evaluating legal options regarding benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have denied those benefits.

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N.D. National Guard to issue military IDs for same-sex spouses

| Sunday, November 3, 2013
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples.

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Okla. governor tells National Guard to deny benefits to same-sex couples

| Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.

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Fla. AG avoids taking a stand on military benefits vs. same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Attorney General's office has declined to offer an opinion on whether the Florida National Guard can process benefits enrollment for the spouses of gay troops on state facilities.

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USAF lesbian couple first to receive ‘Join Spouse’ assignment

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ryan Conroy, U.S. Air ForceTech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk, and Master Sgt. Angela Shunk.
Just three months after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a lesbian couple in the U.S. Air Force has learned they will receive an assignment together under the service’s Join Spouse program, the first same-sex couple to obtain the joint assignment.

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