By PHILIP ELLIOTT
WASHINGTON (AP) - The education secretary is telling the government to treat all student loan applications from legally married couples the same - whether they are in same-sex marriages or not.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says that if a gay couple is married where it's legal, their application for federal student aid should be treated the same as their straight married peers.
Duncan wrote a letter to employees Friday. It's a shift, in response to this year's Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights.
Duncan says, quote, "we must continue to ensure that every single American is treated equally in the eyes of the law, and this important guidance for students is another step forward in that effort."
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