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Offline flowers

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Guard to let same-sex couples sign for benefits
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:53:29 PM »

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits after the Defense Department approved a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their dependents for benefits.

"We're going to go back to business as usual. It will be full service," Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor, a Texas Guard spokeswoman, told the San Antonio Express-News ( ), referring to the decision that came late Tuesday.

The Texas National Guard commander had ordered the Texas Military Forces, the umbrella command of all Texas National Guard units, not to process any applications from same-sex couples. Maj. Gen. John Nichols had said the Guard was a state agency bound by Texas law, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

That had placed five National Guard facilities in Texas off-limits for same-sex couples seeking benefits until late Tuesday.

In a statement late Tuesday, the Texas Military Forces said federal personnel will handle the registrations, removing the legal conflict with state law.

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Re: Guard to let same-sex couples sign for benefits
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 11:37:15 PM »
So now, they are discriminating against heterosexual couples? I thought the military didn't have any money?

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Re: Guard to let same-sex couples sign for benefits
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 12:10:53 AM »
So in other words, the state isn't doing it, but the feds are.  That was already happening.

Perry should have just told Obama and Hagel to F-Off.  He loses a major point for this cave.
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