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Oklahoma National Guard To Deny Spousal Benefits To All Couples To Avoid Serving Gay Couples

Yesterday we told you about Texas' National Guard denying housing benefits to service members in same-sex relationships, furthering a protracted battle being waged by southern states attempting to shirk Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's orders, issued in the wake of the Supreme Court's gutting of section 3 of DOMA, that same-sex couples must receive the same federal benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Now it appears that Oklahoma will drop all spousal benefits for National Guardsmen and women, regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex relationships, so as to avoid having to comply with Hagel's order.

As ThinkProgress reports, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) insists that complying with the federal government's orders to provide benefits to same-sex couples would violate the state's ban on same-sex marriage and "the will of the people":

Mary_FallinFALLIN: 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.

Fallin’s tactic mirrors other attempts to punish an entire group to avoid serving the gay community. When marriage equality came to the District of Columbia, Catholic Charities decided to stop offering partner benefits to all employees to avoid having to provide them to any employee’s same-sex spouse. In various states, Catholic Charities has also abandoned all adoption services to avoid having to provide them to same-sex couples.

Schools have also employed this strategy to try to block gay-straight alliances from forming. In 2011, for example, Flour Bluff Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas considered banning all extracurricular clubs to avoid allowing a GSA to form.

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  1. I just tweeted this to @GovMaryFallin:

    So much for supporting the troops!

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 20, 2013 2:16:12 PM

  2. How petty.

    Posted by: bollox | Nov 20, 2013 2:21:46 PM

  3. Now lets see if the OK ANG is there for the Gov. during the nest natural disaster ! F U Gov. !

    Posted by: MAP | Nov 20, 2013 2:22:17 PM

  4. You really want to p*ss off your people deny them all benefits because of your pathetic bigoted attitudes. This should be fun because now all those heterosexual spouses are going to feel the pinch and hatred of their own elected officials. Good for them. Perhaps they will rise up and throw every d*amn one of their bigoted elected officials out of office.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 20, 2013 2:25:43 PM

  5. That's awesome!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 20, 2013 2:28:24 PM

  6. "Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!" indeed. The near unfathomable, desperate carryings-on in Republican-controlled states is not gonna serve them well. "The wind comes right behind the rain," don't forget!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Nov 20, 2013 2:30:17 PM

  7. It would seem that this homophobic governor can't now claim that being an equal opportunity bigot toward both gay and straight National Guard members still doesn't countermand lawful DOD orders on the treatment of guardsmen. C'mon Secretary of Defense Hagel, it's time to send the National Guard legal eagles after the policies of Gov. Fallin, Gov. Perry here in Texas and those other Southern states who are failing their National Guard members. Enough is enough.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 20, 2013 2:32:06 PM


    Posted by: Gigi | Nov 20, 2013 2:35:33 PM

  9. So again, where are our resident right wing LGBT bro's??? Can't wait for you to comment on ANOTHER hateful right-wing BS.

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 20, 2013 2:37:08 PM

  10. She's more of a c*nt than Palin.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Nov 20, 2013 2:41:50 PM

  11. Nice cross, Mary........
    "Old Jesus would just puke !"-Holden Caulfield.

    And what a mean spirited runt (with a 'c') you are.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 20, 2013 2:44:17 PM

  12. @Mike Ryan,

    It is her hope that all that anger will be directed at the "gays", for wanting equal rights.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 20, 2013 2:45:37 PM

  13. She just drove an army (so to speak) of formerly anti-gay people over to our side.

    These Republican crazies really have no clue, do they? They're some of the best friends we have.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 20, 2013 2:56:15 PM

  14. I admit, I'm glad to see this happen. For once it's equal treatment for all. It's these kinds of incidents, and the other states refusing to process paperwork for gay couples that will highlight the inequality and push for reform on a full, federal level.

    Posted by: SteveP | Nov 20, 2013 2:57:34 PM

  15. Scary scary scary individual.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Nov 20, 2013 2:58:54 PM

  16. It's not so bad. Everyone can still get benefits, they just have to travel to the federal facility. I kind of wish they were denying the benefits to everyone for real, because then maybe Oklahoma would have to think seriously about changing their laws about marriage equality

    Posted by: A | Nov 20, 2013 3:00:30 PM

  17. Ahhh but @Phoenix Justice it won't be because all those "gays" are their own sons, daughters, fathers, uncles, mothers and aunts. Let's wait and see.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 20, 2013 3:00:38 PM

  18. "It is her hope that all that anger will be directed at the "gays", for wanting equal rights."

    But what she doesn't understand is that the people who would hate us for wanting equal rights already hate us. What she's doing is putting the hurt on the movable middle. Why not outlaw marriage licenses and adoptions for straight people while she's at it?

    We ought to send her a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 20, 2013 3:03:06 PM

  19. Meanwhile ignoring the fact that gay citizens in her state pay both federal and state taxes and yet she's denying them access to benefits.

    Posted by: Fox | Nov 20, 2013 3:09:38 PM

  20. When you are an elected official it's your duty to find a solution to the problems of your state NOT create new unnecessary problems with the sole intent to halt equality. She'll become a mere speed bump in the road to equality. The more opposition the better when it comes to rallying troops.

    If you make the only option for equality marriage how will that stop the push for marriage equality?

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 20, 2013 3:10:18 PM

  21. my my someone is having a temper tantrum, whats next holding her breath until she gets her way?

    Posted by: Akula | Nov 20, 2013 3:11:58 PM

  22. She has cemented her place in history. It's just that when the history is told, she won't be the Rosa Parks or the Abraham Lincoln or Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King. She'll be the slave owner, the Klansman, the picture of bigotry in 2013.

    Social media and search engines will ensure that she and others of her ilk will remain a shame for generations to come.

    Posted by: Mitch | Nov 20, 2013 3:19:02 PM

  23. I don't understand how an individual has power to deprive a class of people their rights under the law.

    Yo, Tea Party .......this is the tyranny you keep shouting about !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 20, 2013 3:29:39 PM

  24. She literally looks like a pit viper.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Nov 20, 2013 3:36:32 PM

  25. Oklahoman's should be worried. Apparently, God's not listening to Mary...

    "On July 14, 2011, Governor Fallin responded to a heat wave sweeping her state by asking citizens to seek divine intervention. "The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain," Fallin said in a news release.


    On Oct 15, 2013 Governor Mary Fallin declared a drought emergency Tuesday for much of southwestern Oklahoma and the panhandle. “These five counties have faced three years of unrelenting drought,” Fallin said. “It’s not just an inconvenience; for many in these communities it has caused real economic hardship.” Those counties will now be able to get financial assistance from the Emergency Drought Relief Fund.

    Posted by: Rexford | Nov 20, 2013 4:13:28 PM

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