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Hagel says states refusing to issue ID cards to troops' same-sex spouses are "wrong"
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:01 PM EST
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is criticizing U.S. states that refuse to issue Defense Department identification cards — and the benefits that go with them — to same-sex spouses of military members at National Guard facilities.
Hagel does not name the states, but the Pentagon has cited nine: Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Same-sex spouses of military members became eligible Sept. 3 for the same benefits as opposite-sex spouses.