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Texas National Guard Refuses to Process Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

The Texas National Guard refuses to process benefits for same-sex couples despite the Pentagon directive ordering armed forces to do so. Major General John Nichols, the commanding general of the Texas Military Force, wrote that because the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, his state agency couldn’t process benefit applications from homosexual couples. However, he also stated that the Texas Military Force “remains committed to ensuring its military personnel and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled. As such, we encourage anyone affected by this issue to enroll for benefits at a federal installation.”

Officials in the National Guards or other states that do not allow gay marriage, including Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma, said that they would follow the federal law, not their state constitutions. Pentagon officials said Texas appeared to be the only state that refused to process benefits for same-sex couples. State officials within Texas assert that though they support same-sex families, they can’t process the paperwork because of “legal conflict.”

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