Same-sex spouses soon eligible for benefits in La. National Guard

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Same-sex spouses in the Louisiana National Guard will soon be able to get benefits without violating the state's ban on gay marriage.

The Washington Post reports that the state plans to grant some National Guard members temporary federal status in order to handle their enrollments.

Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak, Spokesperson for the Louisiana National Guard, released a statement in an email saying the US Property and Fiscal officer in Louisiana has the authority to manage a program to process those same-sex benefits.

The statement is as follows:

"The US Property and Fiscal Officer in Louisiana is delegated the authority
to manage a program to process same-sex spouse benefits within the state.
Federal personnel will enroll all dependants of same-sex marriages, in
benefits programs. This solution ensures that no Louisiana National Guard
Personnel will be asked to violate the Louisiana Constitution."

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