For purposes of VA benefits and services, VA will recognize as marriages only those relationships that are recognized as "marriages" under state law.
It will not recognize a domestic partnership or civil union that is not recognized as a "marriage" under state law as a marriage for VA purposes. For requests for burial in a VA national cemetery only, an individual in a domestic partnership or civil union may request that the Secretary designate the decedent as eligible under 38 U.S.C. § 2402(a)(6). National Cemetery Administration (NCA) staff will advise the applicant of this option.