US Military to begin offering pension and death benefits to same-sex couples

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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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