Georgia National Guard to process same-sex benefits
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia National Guard will be
able to assist members seeking benefits for same-sex spouses under
changes announced Monday.
Lt Col. Thomas Lesnieski with the Georgia National
Guard says applications for the military ID cards that allow access for
health care and benefits will be processed at Fort Benning and the Clay
National Guard Center in Marietta by employees being paid with federal
This process was on hold after the state objected
to the Pentagon policy, citing Georgia's constitutional amendment
defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
In recent months, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck
Hagel had chastised states not issuing the ID cards, saying it was
causing division among troops.
Georgia has about 12,000 soldiers in the Army National Guard and 2,300 in the Air National Guard.
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