Hawaii issued 40 licenses for same-sex marriages Monday as gay marriages began in the state with six couples at a Waikiki resort exchanging vows side-by-side in front of a few hundred guests.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will begin the process to extend health care, housing and other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members as soon as possible.
Wednesday's Supreme Court decision opens the door for married gay couples to get federal benefits.
Defense officials estimate there are 18,000 same-sex couples in the active duty, National Guard and Reserves. It's unclear how many of those are married. The court ruling also could allow same-sex spouses to be buried at Arlington Cemetery.
The Pentagon has said that by Oct. 1, it would extend a variety of benefits to same-sex partners, including access to on-base commissaries and some health and welfare programs.
The repeal of the ban on openly gay military service took effect in September 2011.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon.
A funeral home director and the attorney for John Arthur confirm that he died early Tuesday at home. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
A new plaintiff has joined a fight to have gay marriages recognized in Ohio despite a statewide ban.
The government on Thursday said that all legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.
An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion.
A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.