U.S. military to begin offering pension, death benefits to same-sex couples

John Becker
John Becker, 30, of Silver Spring, Md., waves a rainbow flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015. The same-sex marriage ruling is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — The U.S. military is making big changes because of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

The Department if Veterans Affairs announced Monday it will begin offering the same pension and death benefits to same-sex couples as to heterosexual veterans.

Families said they are hoping it happens soon. The agency said it will work quickly to make sure that its offices and employees are ready to deal with the changes.

Same-sex couples will no longer be denied VA disability pay, home loan guarantees, death pensions and burial rights based on the laws of the states where they’ve lived and worked.

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