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Chuck Hagel blasts states on same-sex benefits policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. "This is wrong," Hagel said in a speech in New York. "Not only does this violate the states' obligation under federal law, their actions have...

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