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Oklahoma Gay Couples Can Now File For Benefits

NATIONAL | Oct 15
State employees married to people of the same sex can now apply for benefits in Oklahoma, a spokesman for the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services said.

Georgia City Moves Ahead on Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

NATIONAL | Aug 28
A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

GOP Mich. Gov. Asks Judge to Uphold Gay Benefits Ban

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Feb 18
Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked a federal judge Monday to uphold the state’s ban on domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples who work for Michigan and local government employees.

Guard to Let Same-Sex Couples Sign For Benefits

NATIONAL | Nov 27
The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits after the Defense Department approved a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their dependents for benefits.

Ky. Guard Allowing Benefits for Same-Sex Marriages

NATIONAL | Nov 16
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is allowing spouses of gay National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits.

Gay Military Couple Talk About Importance of Benefits in New Vid

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 26
The U.S. Department of Defense released a new video on Wednesday explaining how the recent extension of military and spousal benefits impacts same-sex military couples.

Tammy Baldwin Introduces Bipartisan Gay Rights Bill to Congress

NATIONAL | Sep 19
Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan bill to extend employee benefit programs to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees.

Labor Dept.: Same-Sex Spouses Have Benefit Rights

NATIONAL | By Sam Hananel | Sep 19
Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health plans and other employee benefits, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their union, the Labor Department said.

Okla. Gov. Tells Guard to Deny Same-Sex Benefits

NATIONAL | By Sean Murphy | Sep 18
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Tuesday, despite a Pentagon directive to do so.

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