Oklahoma joins other backwards southern states in dissing gay military members

Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

All haters.

All southern states.

And people wonder why the South has such an awful reputation around the US, and around the world. Perhaps it has something to do with constantly electing far-right bigots to office who run the state like an adjunct of the Bible.

the South

The south.

The latest installment in the south’s panoply of officially-sanctioned bigotry?  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin joins the growing list of southern GOP governors who are refusing to process benefits for same-sex (gay) military spouses.  How petty.  And how Republican.  The party truly has been taken over by haters and extremists.

After the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon announced that it was providing benefits to the spouses of same-sex members of the US military.

Yes, southern GOP governors are dissing uniformed members of the US military. How patriotic.  Oklahoma was the latest, with today’s decision not to process such benefits requests from US military members.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

The American Military Partner Association raises a good question – why hasn’t the Pentagon, and the Obama administration at large, gotten involved to rectify this?

“Since the governor of Oklahoma has decided to join Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in playing politics with our military families, we need immediate and decisive action from the Administration and the Defense Department in affirming that all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, will be treated equally,” said Stephen Peters, president of AMPA. “Our military families should not be left vulnerable to the prejudice of state governors, and the Defense Department must use its control of federal funds to stop this discrimination.”

Yes, they must.

Will they?

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