military benefits for same-sex couples http://apr.org en Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy http://apr.org/post/most-ala-guard-staff-covered-same-sex-policy <p></p><p>Most, but not all, full-time staff of the Alabama National Guard is covered by a new Pentagon policy providing benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>Capt. Andrew Richardson of the Alabama National Guard says there are about 2,500 full-time Guardsmen in Alabama who are considered federal employees and are eligible for federal benefits. They are covered by the Pentagon's new policy.</p><p>He says the Guard has fewer than 300 full-time employees who are considered state employees, and they continue to receive state benefits. Those benefits don't cover same-sex marriages.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:52:54 +0000 The Associated Press 37790 at http://apr.org Most Ala. Guard Staff Covered By Same-Sex Policy Ala. Guard To Honor Pentagon Same-Sex Policy http://apr.org/post/ala-guard-honor-pentagon-same-sex-policy <p></p><p>The Alabama National Guard says it will follow a Pentagon policy and honor requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.</p><p>A Guard spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Shannon Hancock, said Wednesday it's too early to say whether any benefit requests already have been processed.</p><p>But she says military attorneys and other leaders plan to follow Pentagon policy, even though Texas is refusing and Mississippi is setting conditions.</p><p>Alabama has a state law and a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:40:26 +0000 The Associated Press 37264 at http://apr.org Ala. Guard To Honor Pentagon Same-Sex Policy