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Oklahoma Governor Orders National Guard to Stop Processing Military Benefits for Gay Couples

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has ordered the state's National Guard to stop processing military benefits for same-sex couples, the AP reports. Last month, the Pentagon issued new orders offering partner benefits to troops with same-sex spouses.

FallinFallin spokesman Alex Weintz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.

Because of that prohibition, Weintz said the governor’s legal staff advised the Oklahoma National Guard not to process requests for benefits from gay couples.

With the order, Fallin has joined Texas, Misssissippi and Louisiana in refusing to comply with the order and process the spousal benefits, based on state laws banning same-sex marriage. Yesterday, we reported that Florida is also deciding whether to comply with the Pentagon order.

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military families. released a statement in response:

"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. Our military families should not be left vulnerable to the prejudice of state governors, and the Defense Department must use it's control of federal funds to stop this discrimination."

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  1. What a joke she is. What of waste of tax payer money. And what kind of person would not allow benefits to anyone who serves? Is she THAT unAmerican? Cheeze.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 17, 2013 7:07:18 PM

  2. ^^ Not to people who serve, but to their same-sex spouses.

    I wonder how many people this actually affects, would be interesting to know how many same-sex couples actually serve in the Oklahoma National Guard? I imagine it is quite small compared to the big deal she is making out of it

    Posted by: Mike C. | Sep 17, 2013 7:14:01 PM

  3. Oklahoma citizens asked to deny marriage equality benefits to those in the military would laugh at her.

    Good way to challenge her and the other states that are doing this would be for the National Guard members themselves should speak up and let their Governors know that they support their fellow members in equality.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Sep 17, 2013 7:16:09 PM

  4. One more pound of bigot fodder to grease the skids of litigation to make marriage equality a reality.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Sep 17, 2013 7:17:34 PM

  5. Another state militia in open rebellion against lawful orders. And the Commander-In-Chief seems perfectly happy to let them get away with willful insubordination.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 17, 2013 7:18:15 PM

  6. Oh, lovely. Yet more proof that fags are still fags in america. I hope she steps in front of a moving bus.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 17, 2013 7:34:12 PM

  7. Just what we need, another Gov. George Wallace to impede the march of progress ...

    Posted by: JCTSF | Sep 17, 2013 7:34:48 PM

  8. Nothing succeeds like secession! Hurry! We need the land and resources. Here, we'll help you pack. There's plenty of room in Putin's Russia.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 17, 2013 7:37:34 PM

  9. These are the same republicans who go up to soldiers on the street and say "thank you for your service."
    I guess they're only thankful for the service of straight people. How patriotic of them.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 17, 2013 7:54:39 PM

  10. This just shows you boys and girls,we have a long way to go.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Sep 17, 2013 7:55:19 PM

  11. Evil cvnt

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 17, 2013 7:56:44 PM

  12. The best part is that the lawsuits and public education that will result from this bigotry will bring marriage equality to those states -- and all states -- faster than it would have otherwise got there.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Sep 17, 2013 7:59:34 PM

  13. Time to take the National Guard out of the control of the Oklahoma Governor & place the State under Federal Martial Law.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 17, 2013 8:05:56 PM

  14. My guess is that Governor Fallin is probably doing this more to appease the voters of Oklahoma than because she sincerely desires to see gay couples deprived of benefits. I know this doesn't make it right, but I'm just pointing it out. Many Republican politicians are secretly hoping that the gay marriage issue goes away soon. But in the meantime they have to bow to the will of the majority in their state. We forget that politicians are held accountable by the voters and don't operate as free agents. I don't expect anyone here to like Governor Fallin, but try to keep in mind the situation she's in.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 17, 2013 8:21:25 PM

  15. This is illegal and the federal government better cut off all federal funding to those filthy ingrate parasites in every single one of those disgusting Fascist states. They do not deserve a dime nor do they deserve a band-aid. Let the f@#kers fall.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 17, 2013 8:34:00 PM

  16. Oh, mary... the situation she's in is a lofty, powerful job that she probably wants more than she wants to stand up for fairness and compassion. If you were in that job, would you behave this way. I think you probably wouldn't. Don't cut her so much slack. There's far too much evil in the world.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 17, 2013 8:37:27 PM

  17. Maybe the president should issue a proclamation that all marriages of LGBT military personnel should be recognized by all states as a part of his war powers. The rationale would be that it is necessary for the morale of the military while fighting the current wars. It would only be valid while we are engaged in wars but that might be forever. The emancipation proclamation would be the example.

    Posted by: pfalzgrae | Sep 17, 2013 8:53:49 PM

  18. I guess she forgot that her local laws mean nothing when the federal laws says that they are allowed to get their benefits. This is why Republicans keep losing they cry about their rights being taken away but are fine with taking rights away from others.

    Posted by: Lee Roy | Sep 17, 2013 9:21:48 PM

  19. AMPA may not have a case here. Despite the name, National Guards are state-run and state-financed. They do not have to follow federal military rules.

    Posted by: Topol | Sep 17, 2013 9:34:10 PM

  20. Fallin is obviously homophobic & projecting her h8 onto the good citizens of Oklahoma. Does she not realize that the Federal Government trumps state government EVERY TIME?
    I hope Oklahomans are smart enough to remove her from office since she's wasting their money & depriving Military Personnel of benefits to which they are entitled!

    Posted by: dam846201 | Sep 17, 2013 9:37:31 PM

  21. So much for support the troops, huh? Better redo those bumper stickers and bracelets to: Support the Straight Troops.

    You know...juts to be clear and all. Assholes.

    Posted by: daws | Sep 17, 2013 9:41:17 PM

  22. States I've always wanted to visit...tx, la, miss and now ok. I'm wrecked that I can't drive my rv through these deliverance states to see if the inhabitants all look earily related with unnaturally close-set eyes and arms down to their knees. I guess I'll just go to the San Diego zoo instead.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Sep 17, 2013 9:46:42 PM

  23. "and the Defense Department must use it's control of federal funds to stop this discrimination..."

    You better bet your bippy the Defense Department damn well better cut off all federal funds to all three states, the faster the better. I refuse to see my defense tax dollars being spent in those states and I want the welcome mat ripped out from under their feet. Let their own National Guard wallow in poverty.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 17, 2013 10:06:06 PM

  24. The women actually hate gays? Cue the surprise...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Sep 17, 2013 10:41:58 PM

  25. topol

    didn't Bush Federalize the state guards after 9/11, and as far as I know that fed control has not been relinquished

    Posted by: Moz's | Sep 17, 2013 10:49:06 PM

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