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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
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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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GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit."

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N.C. National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

Monday, September 9, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples.

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