AL blocks same-sex benefits for National Guardsmen

AL blocks same-sex benefits for National Guardsmen

(WTVM) - Alabama Gov. Bentley says that when it comes to certain benefits, all soldiers are not equal in the Alabama National Guard.

When the Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act, the Department of Defense extended all benefits to legally recognize same sex couples.

Those include health insurance, housing, and survivor's payments for same sex couples.

However, Gov. Bentley says it depends on who's in charge at a given time in whether those benefits will be extended in Alabama.

Alabama isn't the only state attempting to block these federal benefits. Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi all have announced that their guardsmen will not receive same sex benefits.

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