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Mississippi now the only state not providing benefits to same-gender military couples

ATLANTA -- Mississippi is now the only state in the union to violate Pentagon policy to provide spousal benefits to same-gender couples.

The Georgia National Guard became the 49th state to follow Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to obey the policy, which was changed after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Georgia followed the lead of Louisiana and Texas by putting its gay and lesbian troops into temporary federal status, allowing the National Guard to skirt state bans on same-gender marriage.

Mississippi is expected to comply with the policy, and the Pentagon is putting pressure on the state's National Guard to provide the benefits to same-gender military couples as they do opposite-gender couples.