Hagel Chides Nat'l Guard Over Same-Sex Spouses IDs

Law360, New York (November 1, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT) -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday night publicly criticized National Guard facilities in nine states still refusing to issue military ID cards to same-sex spouses of servicemembers, saying that he will take immediate action to make sure the states comply with federal law.

In a keynote speech delivered at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial dinner, Secretary Hagel said that when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June, the Department of Defense immediately began providing benefits to all eligible spouses, regardless of...
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