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      Mo. National Guard handling IDs for gay spouses

      The Missouri National Guard is processing requests from same-sex partners for military ID cards.

      A Pentagon policy taking effect in early September makes same-sex spouses of gay military members eligible for health care and other benefits that also are available to opposite-sex partners. The decision does not apply to unmarried gay partners.

      Missouri National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Tammy Spicer says the guard is following the Department of Defense's policy and processes requests for those who can provide proof of marriage. She says ID cards have been issued to same-sex partners but that exact figures are not available.

      Officials in other states have refused to issue the ID cards at their facilities.