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Indiana Guard says it is processing same sex benefits

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Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana National Guard is saying it has been processing benefits for same sex couples since the start of October, after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states which have been denying the benefits.

A National Guard spokeswoman said Friday that Indiana delayed processing benefits for a month while consulting with the attorney general's office, but never denied benefits nor broke federal law. However, a handful of other states have refused to issue benefits cards to same-sex couples working for the state guard.

Hagel's warning follows on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling which found the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. President Barack Obama quickly ordered that all federal employees in a same-sex partnership be granted federal benefits.



Posted 11/1/2013