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DALLAS – The Texas National Guard is refusing to process benefits requests for same-sex couples.

Tuesday was the first opportunity for legally married same-sex couple to apply for benefits in Texas but the Guard refused to process them.

National Guard officials said Texas law defines marriage as between a man and a woman and the state agency must follow state law.

Even though they did not process the claims, Guard officials said they will not deny actual benefits to anyone.

According to the Associated Press, Texas and Mississippi are the only two states limiting how and where same-sex spouses of National Guard members can register for identification cards and benefits.