Monday, November 11, 2013

At least six states,. in the south. balk at recogniziing same-sex marriage benefits in their National Guard units

At least six states are resisting pressures to recognize same-sex marriage for benefits for National Guard members, according to a story Monday by Richard A. Oppel, Jr. on p. A12 Monday, November 11, 2013, Veterans Day.  The states are Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia.  National Guard troops can be federalized and deployed (they could even go on relief missions in the Philippines now) but these states insist that Guard units are state agencies, and state laws must be followed.  In Texas, same-sex spouses can go to a federal installation (Ft. Hood) for identification cards.  The link for the story is here

It would appear that in these cases, the couples would have had to get married previously in states that do recognize gay marriage. 

In the early and mid 1990s, Margarethe Cammermeyer was one of the leaders in lifting the military ban and then the DADT policy, and she had been a colonel with the Washington State National Guard.  

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