Texas, 5 Other States Attempting to Prevent Members of Our Military from Receiving Benefits

national-guardIt’s not all the time I run across a story related to politics that truly enrages me.  Sure, I’ll read plenty that frustrate me or even make me angry, but it’s rare that I get a feeling of such total disgust it lingers with me for quite a while afterward.

Well, that’s exactly what happened when I read an article from the New York Times detailing the effort by Texas and 5 other states to prevent members of the National Guard who are in same-sex relationships from registering for benefits the Pentagon said they are now legally allowed to receive.

What these states are doing is forcing members National Guard to go to federal bases to register for benefits.  The particular case in this article came from Texas where Alicia Butler and her wife, Judith Chedville would be forced to drive over 70 miles to Fort Hood to do something they easily could have done at their local base, but weren’t being allowed to by the State of Texas.

The states claim that they’re not required to comply with the federal law requiring benefits be given to same-sex couples because the National Guard falls under the jurisdiction of the state.  In a pathetic attempt to act as if they’re not really trying to make it harder for members of our military to get benefits, these states claim they’re not preventing same-sex couples from getting benefits — they’re simply telling them to register on federal bases.  Something officials for these states admit might require some members of the National Guard to travel hours to do.

Which states are these, you might we wondering?  Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, West Virginia and Oklahoma — “shocking,” I know.

These states are claiming that the National Guard is a state agency and must abide by state law.  Of course, in these six states, same-sex marriage isn’t legal.

Do you see now why we need federal laws to mandate issues such as marriage equality all across the country?

The Governor of Oklahoma gave quite the pathetic response to this issue by saying their efforts to prevent same-sex couples from receiving military benefits, “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.”

This is the same kind of bigoted reasoning used in the past by states that wished to continue slavery and segregation.  Hell, “states rights” is the argument used by nearly every idiot in our history.  And here it is, 2013, and these knuckle-dragging neanderthals are still using the same damn excuses for their ignorance that they did decades ago.

This is why when I see conservatives talk on and on about “supporting our troops” I just scoff at their bullshit.  Excuse my language, but that’s what this is — bullshit.  It reminds me during the 2012 GOP primaries when a member of our United States Army was allowed to ask a question to the Republican candidates about gays in the military, while currently serving in Iraq, and he was booed by the people in the audience because he was gay.

It’s absolutely reprehensible and disgusting.

You might oppose same-sex marriage.  You might think homosexuality is a sin.  You might even believe homosexuality is a disease.  Those are all just personal beliefs we’re allowed to have in a free country, no matter how foolish or ignorant they are.

But here’s the thing about freedom — having freedom does not give someone the right to discriminate.  History shows time and time again, every single time some group of jackasses tries to discriminate against a group of people, they always eventually lose.  Not only do they lose, but history reflects back on them as ignorant bigots that Americans should be ashamed once perpetuated such idiotic beliefs.

So when I read about these pathetic conservative parasites going out of their way to make it harder for many of our brave men and women serving in our military to register for benefits simply because they’re in a same-sex marriage, it’s inexcusable and pathetic.

When you’re deliberately making it harder on the people who volunteer to protect this country, based on such ignorance as an opposition to who they married, you should be completely ashamed of yourself.

These states are pathetic.  How dare they sit there and force brave individuals who’ve chosen to join our military to jump through hoops to get benefits just because they cling to an outdated and moronic set of beliefs about what is or isn’t “marriage.”

For these states to put conditions on the respect they show towards those who volunteer to defend this country is simply revolting.

I want to apologize again for my language.  This story just set me off and I felt the need to use vulgar words to adequately describe the vulgar behavior by the disgusting individuals controlling these states.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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