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.