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

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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