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Final Barrier Cleared – Same-Sex Military Spouses Can Obtain ID Cards at All National Guard Facilities
(Washington, D.C., December 13, 2013) – The DoD confirmed today there is no more barrier for same-sex married couples in regards to accessing spousal benefits at National Guard facilities. The Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) applauds Secretary Hagel’s decisive actions to ensure all military spouses are entitled to DoD ID cards, and the benefits that come with them.
By directive, September 3rd marked the day legally married same-sex military families became eligible for spousal benefits. Several states continued to refuse issuance of ID cards to same-sex spouses on National Guard facilities. The DoD confirmed today that is no longer the case. “…all eligible service members, dependents and retirees – including same-sex spouses – are now able to obtain ID cards in every state” stated Defense Secretary Hagel in a release issued today.
MPFC President and Co-Founder, Ariana Bostian-Kentes, commented: “The Military Partners and Families Coalition applauds Secretary Hagel’s leadership and assertion of equality for all military families. This memo cleared the final barrier for same-sex National Guard families to receive ID cards and with that, the respect and equality that all military families are afforded under the law.”
Shanon Hartigan, wife of Major Pam Ellison of the Army National Guard, is pleased with this directive to create an inclusive military. “With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Pam and I are so happy to finally be recognized as a true military family. To know that our family will receive all the benefits every other member of the National Guard would receive if something were to happen to Pam is very comforting.”
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Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) is a leading national organization providing support, resources, education, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender military families. Founded in 2011 by a group of spouses and partners of active duty U.S. Armed Forces service members stationed in the U.S. and overseas, MPFC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to www.milpfc.org or www.facebook.com/milpfc.