Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said that some licensing boards could change their rules independently, but some boards would require legislative changes. He said that he intends to propose legislation during this spring's session to make the required changes.
"When you get transferred in the military you've got to pick up your family and be gone," Tomblin said. "Basically the whole thing is just to make it easier, to speed up the process."
Asked if the changes would also apply to same-sex spouses, Tomblin shrugged and said, "Whatever the military recognizes."
In October, West Virginia was one of nine states chided by the U.S. Department of Defense for not issuing military IDs to same-sex military spouses at all state ID issuing locations. All of those states have since made changes and are in compliance with DOD regulations.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down major portions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June, the DOD ordered that federal benefits be given to same-sex spouses of military members.
West Virginia law bans same-sex marriage and does not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
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