Texas Guard Refuses to Process Same-Sex Benefits 9/4/13
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas National Guard is refusing to process
requests from same-sex couples for benefits, and Mississippi won't issue
applications from state-owned offices, because of the states' gay-marriage bans.
Tuesday is the first working day that gays in the military may apply for
benefits after the Pentagon announced it would recognize same-sex marriages.
In Texas, gay and lesbian couples are being told to go to federal military
bases to get ID cards and apply for health coverage. Mississippi officials say
same-sex couples can apply on federally owned National Guard bases, but not on
Both states cited their bans on gay marriage. But numerous other states that
also ban gay marriage are following the Pentagon's directive.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the National Guard must follow the state's