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Texas, Mississippi Won't Honor Troops' Gay Marriage Benefits
Meanwhile, a new same-sex marriage battle brewing in New Mexico
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
A Rick Perry spokesman tells NPR that Texas troops must obey Texas law.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(Newser) – Texas and Mississippi are defying a Defense Department directive (and a Supreme Court ruling) granting full benefits to troops in same-sex marriages, by denying those benefits to their respective national guards. In a statement yesterday, the commander of Texas' guard said that the federal rule violates Texas' "Family Code," and that it would therefore be "unable to enroll same-sex families … until we receive legal clarification," NPR reports. A Rick Perry spokesman said that Texas forces must obey state law.

Mississippi, meanwhile, said that same-sex spouses could apply for benefits on federally-owned property, but not on Mississippi-owned ground. Mississippi and Texas both have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Things are getting interesting, meanwhile, in the one state where same-sex marriage isn't explicitly banned or allowed. In recent weeks, clerks in several New Mexico counties have independently issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Slate reports. Some Republican state legislators are vowing to fight the licenses in court—one called them "pure lawlessness"—while Democrats are rallying behind the rogue clerks.

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Just-4-U
Sep 5, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
Since your are trying to quoit words that have been refined over the last two millennia by the ever controlling churches as usual that it still shows any person believing this garbage are hypocrites. People that have not been influenced by religion and are of their own mind know there is no God so when people start using script or comments of this venue are fools. What Texas and Mississippi are doing once again show the disgust behind religious beliefs. People who think there is a deity have been brainwashed. Perry is disguising in all forms of his life damn good thing he never made it to Washington, as well that pervert Santorum, not to forget Romney and Hunt and the other sic,os. Mississippi is another can of worms they have always been uneducated look who keeps getting in office. Leave the issues of gay relationships alone. And don't say and starting using tolerance as a and excuse to justify your hypocrisy. people can not help who the fall in love with and that's it. they just my be in the form of a man or a women. if more people paid attention who they are attracted too their would be less division in relationships. marriage is a religious institution which has proven to be a failure of trapping people into a union they don't even want to be there after they realize who they have married. Have the balls to leave when being abused. Texas and Mississippi as well any states that believes the same are living in the past grow up and get a life. As time moves on religion will be a choice to stay a fool because they do not know how things really work in life. People should have the right to chose what they believe and should not be indoctrinated into religion while children hence the clue why churches go after undeveloped minds it is brain washing and this should be a crime. they should wait till they are old enough to decide for themselves what they want. I always feel a lose for people who do not think on their own and have been brainwashed since a child like these politicial leaders and everyday people who normaly would have no powere at all. They use their faith foe justify wars, murder ,witch burning's, child molestation, division of the public and citizens, every war and act brought upon people is directly related to religious belief this is the why we are currently in six wars and on the verge of more crimes nothing has changed people have not learned from history long live the unaffected mind in the room not clouded by religious nonsense and uneducated belief used to control people. Texas and Mississippi are perfect example of people in positions of authority that should never be there it is bad enough that we have a Muslim president that has done nothing while in office except piggy backing on the backs of the tax Payer for a hand out one trip after another and a wife that is as repulsive as they come bringing her mammy to the Whitehouse to care FOR HER KIDS THAT IS HER JOB. Every first lady that has been there in DC took care of their own and did not drag their relative along to be a burden on the backs of the people. Perry is a homophobe and a repulsive person the governor of Mississippi is a KKK member.
Iffida
Sep 5, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
Someone please tell me how in hell did this guy ever got elected as governor? Maybe I can answer my own question, only in the Redneck" state of Texas, who is known for flipping a$$ governors.
04052063
Sep 5, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
I thought soldiers were sacred to the GOP? I guess risking dying for your country isn't a good enough measure of your commitment to your country. Who says the GOP isn't inclusive?