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States “Will Be Expected To Comply” With Pentagon Policy On National Guard ID Cards For Same-Sex Spouses

October 31, 2013

File this story under ‘tail wags dog’.

It would be laughable if it were not true to know that the state of Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia are attempting to defy the United States Defense Department.

And Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not going to stand for it.

The issue is one that relates to pure bigotry as the nine states are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

In no quarter can this be seen as anything other than a pure violation of federal law.  And Secretary Hagel intends for corrective actions to be made to remedy the hardship this causes gay couples who serve our nation.  There are 114 Army and Air National Guard sites in those nine states that are not providing ID cards to eligible same-sex spouses.

In case the loose cannons in those nine states are not yet privy to the news starting on Sept. 3rd same-sex spouses of military members were eligible for the same health care, housing and other benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex spouses. I know news travels slow for conservatives in the south but even by now they should have heard the rumblings about the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court  concerning the Defense of Marriage Act.

In some states same-sex married couples have had to travel to federal facilities to get ID cards, instead of going to the local National Guard location.

Hagel has made it clear he wants the adjutants general from the nine states where the ID cards are being denied at state facilities to get in line, march straight, and cut the crap.  The Defense Secretary wants it made known to the adjutants general who operate in each of those states to know they  “will be expected to comply” with Pentagon policy on this issue.

Tail wags dog, my rear-end!

Snap too, boys!

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