Yesterday was the first day that gay and lesbian couples in the U.S. military could apply for benefits, including health care, housing and other base privileges.
As predicted, the government’s ruling that same-sex partners would receive the same military benefits as heterosexual couples, has all come down to administration at the local level.
However, it’s not a lack of understanding of the law that is the hang-up; it’s the “letter of the law."
In spite of a Supreme Court ruling, the Texas National Guard has refused to process requests for these benefits
In a statement released by Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the commanding general of Texas Military Forces, he stated:
.…because the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, his state agency couldn't process applications from gay and lesbian couples.
He went on to say…
...the Texas National Guard, Texas Air Guard and Texas State Guard would not deny anyone benefits.
The conflicting statement makes it unclear as to how gay and lesbians couples will be able to apply for and receive any benefits in the Great State of Texas.
Currently, Texas appears to be the only state with a ban on processing applications from gay and lesbian couples, although Mississippi has refused to issue applications for these benefits from state-owned offices.
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