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    Aw, playing to the basest of their bases

    Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay-marriage ban

    AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won’t issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.
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    Texas and Mississippi appeared to be the only two states limiting how and where same-sex spouses of National Guard members could register for identification cards and benefits, according to an Associated Press tally. Officials in 13 other states that also ban gay marriage - including Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan and Georgia - said Tuesday that they will follow federal law and process all couples applying for benefits the same.
    This will end up before the bench in the Supreme Court if the two states don't change their behaviour.
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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Aw, playing to the basest of their bases



    This will end up before the bench in the Supreme Court if the two states don't change their behaviour.
    Seeing as how same-sex couples cannot be married in those states, they wouldn't be eligible for benefits anyway. What's the problem?
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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Seeing as how same-sex couples cannot be married in those states, they wouldn't be eligible for benefits anyway. What's the problem?
    Such couples are eligible for federal benefits even when a state discriminates against them.
    “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Seeing as how same-sex couples cannot be married in those states, they wouldn't be eligible for benefits anyway. What's the problem?
    The benefits are Federal. They can get their ID at a federal base but the state bases are often closer and where their partners are stationed.

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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Aw, playing to the basest of their bases



    This will end up before the bench in the Supreme Court if the two states don't change their behaviour.
    Yep, something else to tie up the courts time and energy with.
    Got to keep that 3% of "Americans" happy.

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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Such couples are eligible for federal benefits even when a state discriminates against them.
    Is it Texas or Fed Gov. paying for these benefits? I will be honest I don't know how the National Guard works since apparently each state runs it's own unit? Trying to understand here. Is it the "National Guard" or the "Texas National Guard"????
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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    The benefits are Federal. They can get their ID at a federal base but the state bases are often closer and where their partners are stationed.
    Then let them go out of the state to get processed.
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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Then let them go out of the state to get processed.
    You misunderstand. All they have to do is go to a Federal base. Texas has both and the benefits work at both. It's just getting the ID which is the issue. Does that alter your view?

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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Seeing as how same-sex couples cannot be married in those states, they wouldn't be eligible for benefits anyway. What's the problem?
    What's the problem?
    Many brave soldiers, gay and lesbian, have given their lives in battle for their country and countrymen. Many have returned home from war scarred for life, and you have the audacity to ask, "What's the problem?"
    Perry's inept performance and air of nebbish morality has rendered him a buffoon, and all those who follow him are going no where. He could not even remember his own platform when he was running for president.
    I find you and those like you to be an embarrassment to the human race.

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    Re: Texas, Miss. National Guards won’t give same-sex benefits at some sites, cite gay

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Is it Texas or Fed Gov. paying for these benefits? I will be honest I don't know how the National Guard works since apparently each state runs it's own unit? Trying to understand here. Is it the "National Guard" or the "Texas National Guard"????


    The national guard is a federally funded org. The state guard is a state funded org. They aren't the same thing.
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