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posted Friday, September 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 36
Three states' National Guards deny same-sex benefits
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Three states' National Guards deny same-sex benefits

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Things are starting to get ugly. In the wake of the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' a number of policies have had to be rewritten, ignored, or repealed in order for equality to come to the ranks of the service. This week, in an effort to bring equality to the same-sex spouses of service men and women who are legally married, the Obama administration declared that the Pentagon would now offer such benefits.

But what happened when you are serving in the National Guard and the state you live in doesn't recognize legal same-sex marriage?

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, allowing the possibility for married couples of the same sex to finally be allowed access to the same federal benefits as other married couples. Primarily, the focus has been on the military and that ID cards can now be given to same-sex spouses and they have access to transferable benefits like the GI Bill. Despite individual feelings about the issue one way or the other, the military follows orders and this ruling cleared the way for officials to follow the law.

To be clear, the National Guard is a part of the service just like the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, but is operated by individual states. It is the governor, not the president, who dictates what they do - within reason, however.

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In Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, spokespeople for their respective National Guards announced that they would not be issuing ID cards or processing applications for benefits from their state-owned offices because those states only recognize heterosexual marriage as defined by law, This places the National Guard in a situation where federal and state law clash.

It gets even murkier, however, because there are federal facilities in those states, and same-sex soldiers and spouses can apply for benefits in those locations. Sadly, most of these states have laws or amendments to their constitutions that actively prevent the state government from recognizing same-sex marriage in any way. Statewide DOMAs are still in effect regardless of the national repeal.

The 13 states that have allowed Gay marriage will follow federal law, processing all applications for benefits. President Obama has mandated that same-sex couples who serve in states where they cannot marry be given leave so they can travel to a state where they can be married.

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