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USA, Oklahoma: Governor to Deny Benefits to All National Guard Members to Spite Gays

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary FallinOklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin thinks she’s found a work-around for GOP bigotry when it comes to same sex National Guard couples.

Think Progress reports:

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act means that servicemembers with same-sex spouses are now eligible for federal benefits. Fallin’s unusual tactic is designed to avoid having to recognize those couples, which she asserts would violate Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman:

FALLIN: Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.

How f*cking spiteful is that? Let’s hope she just alienated a large chunk of her state’s armed forces…

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