In September, Oklahoma Republican Governor Mary Fallin vowed to prohibit Oklahoma’s National Guard from providing benefits to married same-sex couples. She not only violated a Pentagon directive, but also a presidential decree.
Now she’s turned her discrimination up a level. She’s decided it’s so important to her that gay couples don’t get benefits that she’s removed them from ALL soldiers, even straight ones.
Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.
I can’t imagine this being a win for her from anybody.