Thursday, September 19, 2013

OK Gov. Fallin forbids state's National Guard from processing military benefits for same sex couples

Despite a Pentagon directive to do so, Oklahoma GOP Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard in her state to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.
     Oklahoma National Guard Spokesman Col. Max Moss said his state's Guard had been processing benefits for same-sex soldiers just like straight couples until Gov. Fallin's office ordered a stop Sept. 5.
     Now same-sex Oklahoma National Guard couples will have to go to federally-run Tinker Air Force Base for benefit requests.
     Said Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association, in a statement:
"Since the governor of Oklahoma has decided to join Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in playing politics with our military families, we need immediate and decisive action from the administration and the defense department in affirming that all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, will be treated equally,"

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