Oklahoma Governor Orders Guard to Deny Same-Sex Benefits

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Oklahoma is set to become the latest state to deny military benefits to same-sex couples, the Associated Press reports. Governor Mary Fallin ordered the National Guard to stop processing the benefits on the grounds that doing so violates the state’s ban on granting the benefits of marriage to gay couples.

Oklahoma joins Texas, Alabama and Mississippi in defying a Pentagon directive to allow active-duty military personnel to apply for same-sex spousal benefits. Florida and Kansas are reviewing their policies. A spokesperson for Fallin says that couples who have been legally married in other states can still apply for benefits at a federal facility (as opposed to a state-operated one).

[Associated Press]

6 comments
mary.waterton
mary.waterton

Glad to see there are a few states with cajones to tell the SCOTUS to KISS OFF. The Constitution never gave the courts the authority to do what they are doing. 

At least HALF THE COUNTRY understands this. It's high time we learned the fine art of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE as practiced by Martin Luther King. It would be hard for them to incarcerate 150 MILLION people who refuse to obey. Hard to them to fine with contempt 150 MILLION people who refuse to submit. Impossible to break 150 MILLION people who refuse to be broken.

felman87
felman87

Thank God Republicans are getting the government off my back and into my bedroom. I can't be trusted with choosing who I love. 

lsmithrn
lsmithrn

@mary.waterton Talk about spiteful. Way to win some supporters. Not only will gay people not support you, now straight people will hate you. I'm guessing this doesn't affect you Mary Waterton. What happened to that I support the military stance. What's that? Only if you are straight and "Christian". Good luck winning any national elections. EVER

LeslieDF
LeslieDF

@mary.waterton 
One person, a Governor, and some clerks at the state's National Guard involving the processing of papers.
Martyrs make sacrifices.  You've made none and speak for no one, but yourself.

You might be "incarcerated" some day, to avoid harm to yourself.  

TimHuskey
TimHuskey

@mary.waterton See, the thing is...Martin Luther King was using peace, love, kindness, and positive reactions towards being DENIED rights.  You want to invoke Dr. King's words, yet do the exact opposite of what he preached.  

And I say this as a Christian.  You are wrong.

JenCord
JenCord

@mary.waterton Ignorant people said the same thing regarding Brown v. Board of Education.  

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