The National Guard organizations in all 50 states are now complying with a Department of Defense policy to recognize same-sex couples – even in the states which were initially resistant to the change.
After a portion of DOMA was struck down over the summer, the DoD mandated that the National Guard extend benefits to all legal spouses of troops, whether they were same-sex marriages or not. But states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas pushed back, citing their state constitutional bans on marriage equality.
Fortunately, the DoD won this one.
“Following consultations between the National Guard Bureau and the adjutants general of the states, all eligible service members, dependents and retirees — including same-sex spouses — are now able to obtain ID cards in every state,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a statement today. “All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country. They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law. All of DoD is committed to pursuing equal opportunities for all who serve this nation, and I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in uniform as well as their families have full and equal access to the benefits they deserve.”
Good, good, good.