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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

| Monday, April 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military service members.

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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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Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

| Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits.

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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

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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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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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Guard commander asks Texas AG for legal opinion on same-sex military benefits

| Friday, September 6, 2013
Major Gen. John Nichols
AUSTIN, Texas -- The commander of the Texas National Guard is asking the state's attorney general for a legal opinion about whether he can process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples under a Pentagon directive even though gay marriage is banned in Texas.

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Texas, Mississippi National Guard refuse to process same-sex couples’ benefits

| Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests for benefits submitted by same-sex couples because of the state constitution's definition of marriage.

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Pentagon announces benefits for same-sex spouses of service members

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex spouses of military members will be eligible for the same health care, housing and other benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex spouses starting Sept. 3, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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