Oklahoma Drops National Guard Benefits For All Couples To Avoid Paying Same-Sex Couples
So, let’s punish everyone because otherwise the gays will benefit. That’s the attitude of Oklahoma. Republican Governor Mary Fallin announced that married National Guard couples will no longer be allowed benefits with the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. Fallin’s cop out is that the state’s Constitution limits marriage to one man and one woman, and so offering the benefits to gays would be a violation.
FALLIN: 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.