Gay VA National Guard Couples Get Benefits - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Gay VA National Guard Couples Get Benefits

Posted: Updated:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia National Guard is complying with a Defense Department policy on extending benefits to qualified spouses of gay service members.
    
Gov. Bob McDonnell says legally married same-sex partners of Virginia Guard members will be eligible for the same federal benefits as opposite-sex married couples.
    
Media outlets report that the move came after Del. Bob Marshall urged McDonnell to defy the federal directive. The conservative Republican from Prince William County urged the governor to follow the examples of states such as Texas, where the Guard commander decided that federal guidelines conflict with state law.
    
McDonnell said that 90 percent of the state Guard's funding comes from the federal government, so Virginia intends to follow the Defense Department's rules, regulations and policies.

 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.