To Avoid Giving Same-Sex Couples Benefits, Oklahoma Stops Registering Benefits for All National Guard

Oklahoma Gov. Mary FallinUnbelievable.

It would seem the ignorant Republican opposition toward equal rights for homosexuals trumps their “support” for our military.  But really, does the Republican party truly “support our troops?”  Judging by how Republicans have often voted against programs that would help our brave men and women in uniform, reality would seem to say that many of them don’t.

Just look at the story that came out recently exposing the deplorable behavior by the State of Texas forcing members of the National Guard to sometimes drive hours out of their way just to register for benefits—because they’re gay.

See, the State of Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages.  However, with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Supreme Court striking down most of the Defense of Marriage Act (along with several states legalizing gay marriage), it’s opened the door for same-sex couples in the military to finally receive benefits like every other married couple.

So what Texas has done is forced same-sex couples in the military to travel to federal military bases if they wanted to register for benefits.  This sometimes means forcing members of our military to drive hours just to register for benefits.

Yes, the State of Texas is blatantly making it harder for members of our military to receive benefits.

Well, the State of Oklahoma has taken it a step further.  What they’ve decided to do is simply stop registering any military couples for benefits at state-owned military bases.  Forcing every member of our military to travel, sometimes far distances, to federal bases if they wish to register for their benefits.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement:

“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.”

She’s an absolute disgrace.

How much bigotry and prejudice can someone really possess?  It’s honestly unbelievable that these states would go to such great lengths just to deny equal rights to homosexuals.

For these states to sit there and tell members of our military, the people who risk their lives defending this country, that they’ll have to unnecessarily go out of their way to register for benefits all because of the pathetically ignorant (and outdated) stance these states still harbor against homosexuality is reprehensible.

And let’s not forget that even these “state-owned” National Guard bases are mostly federally funded.

I’ve always known Republicans were absolute hypocrites as it relates to supporting our military and that their bigotry seemingly has few bounds, but this even shocked me.

These Republicans are deliberately going out of their way to make members of our military jump through hoops for benefits.  It’s pathetically inexcusable, and anyone who supports these sick individuals should be ashamed of themselves.

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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