The AP reports that the office of Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) has confirmed that she has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, despite a Pentagon directive to do so.
Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that regards gay couples as second-class citizens and prohibits the provision of such benefits to them.
"Because of that prohibition, Gov. Fallin's general counsel has advised the National Guard not to process requests for benefits of same-sex couples," said Weintz. "Gay couples that have been legally married in other states will be advised they can apply for those benefits on federal facilities, such as Tinker Air Force Base, rather than state run facilities."
The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military families, has released a statement in response:
Since the governor of Oklahoma has decided to join Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in playing politics with our military families, we need immediate and decisive action from the Administration and the Defense Department in affirming that all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, will be treated equally. Our military families should not be left vulnerable to the prejudice of state governors, and the Defense Department must use it's control of federal funds to stop this discrimination.