Louisiana Won’t Comply with Pentagon Order on Gay Troop Benefits

Earlier this week, Towleroad reported that both Texas and Mississippi were refusing to comply with orders from the Pentagon to begin offering partner benefits to troops with same-sex spouses, based on state laws banning same-sex marriage.

LouisianaNow Louisiana has joined them:

The Louisiana National Guard won't process benefits for same-sex couples because the state Constitution does not recognize gay marriage, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The directive directly contradicts a Pentagon policy issued Tuesday requiring the military to honor such benefits requests.

"The state of Louisiana does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow a state officials to take part in an act that recognizes same-sex marriage. We would refer those individuals interested in applying for such benefits to seek guidance at a federal military installation," said Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak.

An amendment to the Louisiana Constitution, passed in 2004, states marriage "shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." Any status "identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."

Alabama said on Wednesday that it would comply even though its state law bans same-sex marriage.

Comments

  1. Mmike1969 says

    You know something is wrong with the south when Alabama has no problem providing benefits but Texas and Louisiana does.

  2. Critifur says

    Oh, I think we may just be waiting for additional states to refuse. Don’t count Alabama, or Florida in just yet.

  3. mike/ says

    does anyone know the possible outcome if a court case is filed? can it be covered under the DOMA ruling by the courts as well as the repeal of DADT?

    also, do the states pay for spouses, partners, etc. or is it the federal military that provides the funding? wouldn’t that make a difference?

  4. Hagatha says

    That’s strage, Louisiana didn’t have a problem with getting money from federal taxpayers after Katrina. That money wasn’t owed them under any law. That money included the taxes of gay people around the country.

    Louisiana might need a touch of reality.

  5. Steve says

    The states don’t pay for much if anything in the National Guards. It’s nearly all federally funded. They are merely administrating those programs.

  6. TonyJazz says

    Haters.

    I will take off New Orleans from my list of cities that I want to visit.

    And they claim to be Christians?

  7. jake says

    Bring it on. We need a court case that will invalidate all those state constitutional marriage bans.

  8. Sean says

    This is illegal. Cut off ALL federal funding to those anti-American, treasonous, parasitic INGRATES.

  9. Mark says

    If it’s federal money (in part or in full), then federal law applies. If they don’t comply, cut off their federal funding.

    If that’s not the case, hopefully states will soon be forced to recognize other states’ marriages for all purposes.

  10. Mark says

    If it’s federal money (in part or in full), then federal law applies. If they don’t comply, cut off their federal funding.

    If that’s not the case, hopefully states will soon be forced to recognize other states’ marriages for all purposes.