Texas National Guard now openly-discriminating against gay troops

The Texas National Guard, in a major and growing snub to the Obama administration and the US Supreme Court, is refusing to provide federal married-housing benefits to gay National Guard members who are legally wed.

We had reported earlier on how a number of mostly-southern states, run by Republican governors, were refusing to abide by a Defense Department order that the spouses of all US service members, gay and straight, be treated equally in the US Armed Forces, following the US Supreme Court striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this past June, 2013.

That provision of DOMA forbade the federal government from providing federal benefits associated with marriage to same-sex couples, even if those couples were legally married in one of the growing number of US states that recognize gay unions.

With DOMA struck down, the government had no choice but to provide the benefits.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a growing gay problem that goes far beyond his "Brokeback Mountain" jacket.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a growing gay problem that goes far beyond his “Brokeback Mountain” jacket.

But a number of Republican governors in mostly-southern states have since done all they can to continue discriminating against gay service members.

First, the GOP governors had the National Guard refuse to issue identification cards for the spouses of gay troops, forcing them to go sometimes hundreds of miles to federal facilities, even though straight spouses can simply get their IDs from the nearest National Guard base.

Now, in Texas, according to the American Military Partner Association, the National Guard is refusing to provide federal housing benefits to married gay service members, even if they got their spouse an ID from a federal facility.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that most National Guard spending is paid for by the federal government, so these are federal dollars being denied to these service members families, and that would seem a clear violation of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down DOMA.

In Mississippi, for example, the federal government pays 99% of the Mississippi National Guard’s budget. Here’s from my earlier reporting:

The Mississippi National Guard annual report for fiscal year 2011 shows that the state of Mississippi appropriated almost $7.8 million for the state National Guard.  In that same year, the federal government gave the Mississippi National Guard $679 million. In 2012, the figures were similar: $685 million from the feds, $7.2 million from the state of Mississippi.

“By refusing to treat same-gender military couples equally, the Texas Military Forces, under the leadership of Governor Rick Perry, is creating a hostile climate of discrimination and has sent a strong message that Department of Defense policies and direct orders by the Secretary of Defense will not be followed,” said Stephen Peters, president of the American Military Partner Association. ”The position the state of Texas has taken is a direct assault on not only military and family readiness, but the integrity and viability of the chain of command. It is also direct evidence of why gay and lesbian service members should be protected under the Department of Defense non-discrimination policy and equal opportunity program.”

Initially, there were nine or so problem states: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Indiana.

Indiana finally relented, and agreed to provide the IDs.

And South Carolina responded by telling the feds, in essence, that if they want blacks swimming in South Carolina pools, South Carolina will simply shut down the pools altogether, so no one can swim in them. South Carolina is now refusing to issue an ID to anyone, requiring all National Guard families, straight and gay, to go to federal facilities, which are not always nearby.  No word yet on whether South Carolina is going to balk at providing federal marriage benefits to gay couples.

These GOP governors, and state National Guards, are in the process of significantly eroding the power of the Pentagon and the commander in chief, in addition to quite likely thumbing their collective noses at the Supreme Court to boot.  It doesn’t get much more “Civil Rights Era” than this.

But just as bad, Rick Perry and the Republican party are now letting their official intolerance undermine the morale and cohesion, and overall readiness, of the US armed forces.  They are in a very real way undermining US national security in favor of their party’s hateful and spiteful dislike of minorities.

Overall, it was bad enough when these handful of states told Secretary Hagel to take a hike. But now, even when a “separate but equal” solution was found to the ID problem, the bigoted Republican states are back at it, poking the Pentagon yet again.

We look forward to Hagel, and President Obama – who tend to have a bigger stick – poking back shortly.


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  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    You completely forgot to mention the Obamacare mandated microchips for tracking everyone. Fail.

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    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Quick, set your hair on fire and scream loudly!

  • Tom Lazer

    You mean the National Guard that will help FEMA put American citizens in over 800 death camps next time they pull a false flag event? Got ya. The exact traitors we will fight to the last breath, Good name of the National Guard. Right. When you are ordered to shoot starving Americans who have had everything stolen from us by a corrupt government remember that good name buddy.

  • Tom Lazer

    This writer I so full of shi! Undermining the security provided by a warmongering tyrant bent of federal take over of this entire nation. Impeach this loser now.

    The REAL Agenda.

    EDUCATE AND PROTECT THE RIGHT TO ARM YOURSELVES!

    The 2nd amendment AND FREE SPEECH are against the law. The US government is disarming Americans so that we cannot defend ourselves against their tyrannical plans for a NEW WORLD ORDER. FEMA has built 800 ‘DEATH’ camp prisons throughout the US with guillotines and thousands of plastic coffins. If you are a CHRISTIAN or disagree with what the United States government does or is doing you are considered a domestic terrorist. Obama passed a law that they can hold anyone they want in a FEMA death camp or execute AMERICANS as traitors without a trial.

    OBAMA faked his birth certificate. He is NOT an American and legally CANNOT be president. IMPEACH THE IMPOSTER NOW!

    CLEAN HOUSE. CONGRESS IS FULL OF CRIMINALS.

    Obama is a Muslim terrorist linked to 20 COMMUNISTS including his own absent (father). His brother is a Jihadist. Barry (Obama) Sortoro was well known as a homosexual in college and promotes the GAY agenda. Obama signed a law protecting MONSANTO, allowing poisoners to continue genetically modifying food which has caused cancer in lab mice and HUMANS for over 40 years. Protecting these killers is an outrage. Our food is not SAFE!

    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY is PAID for by American taxpayers. DHS recently bought MILLIONS of HOLLOW POINT bullets and 7000 armored vehicles to fight terror INSIDE our country. They are starting a civil war AGAINST all citizens including our own war vets. The face off at the memorial is a perfect example of their disrespect for our veterans. All citizens who are not in the elite 1% will die. Obama has over 150,000 Russian troops already here because many of our military professionals refuse to shoot their own people.

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    US AIR FORCE Jets are discharging aluminum dust, barium and several other toxic chemicals. They are CROPDUSTING our state with poisons. See that dust on your car, plants and everything else? That is poison. It contaminates water, food and air.
    False flag events: 911 including demolition of building 7. Sandy Hook school was faked. No bodies or blood. They used actors as victims and used them again at the Boston marathon bombing. In the past 3 months 2 nuclear bombs were transported from middle USA to the east coast near NC.

    Several generals were fired because this information leaked out. It was supposed to be another false flag event. Obama and his criminals want to attack Iran and have talked about that for a long time. The idea is to explode one nuke over the eastern coast to produce an electro magnetic pulse and shut down all power, computers etc. Then have the second one HIT the ground to kill survivors. They will blame it on Iran to start a war JUST like they did the WTC to attack Iraq.

    People get ready for this because it IS planned and just a matter of a short time before OUR own government starts to exterminate us.

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    FEMA DEATH CAMPS

    http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/01/fema-concentration-camps-locations-and-executive-orders-2447524.html

    DHS
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    MONSANTO
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    I urge fellow law abiding Americans to research these subjects to discover what is REALLY going on. It is time to stand up for ourselves and not be led to slaughter like sheep. I challenge the local news media to write something important. Forget the latest sports score and trivial information that does not directly affect the future of this once great land of ours.

    Impeach Barack Obama & Eric Holder

    Send PETITION to: House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, All Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

    Whereas Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that the president of the United States shall take care that the laws [of our land] be faithfully executed
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    Whereas Barack Obama, putative president of the United States, has arguably and willfully failed to execute his office by, among other items:

    Refusing to obey a court order to halt the enforcement of Obamacare
    Refusing to obey a court order to allow oil drilling to resume on the Gulf Coast
    Refusing to obey a court order to cease enforcement of Net Neutrality
    Refusing to secure America’s borders, refusing to enforce Americas immigration laws and suing the state of Arizona for enacting legislation that allows law enforcement officers to perform tasks that should be taken by officers sanctioned by the federal government
    Publicly stating his refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a duly enacted law passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton
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    Whereas Barack Obama has steadfastly and consistently advocated, both in his own executive capacity and thru requests to Congress, measures to grant citizenship to illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, also tantamount to treason
    Whereas evidence is strong and compelling that drug cartels, drug traffickers, human smugglers and terrorists have crossed our borders into the continental United States and continue to do so daily with grossly inadequate law enforcement resources to thwart their actions
    Whereas Barack Obama has long sought for the release of detained terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay and to be assigned to the prison populations in Americas prisons, literally putting American lives in jeopardy
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    Whereas the actions of Barack Obama with reference to the above detained terrorists are tantamount to treason because it puts the welfare of terrorists above that of the American people for whom presidential care and defense is faithfully entrusted
    Whereas the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is arguably treasonous since it forces our men and women in uniform to publicly tolerate and even commit homosexual acts, acts which potentially put them in grave danger since displays of such behavior are frequently met with maiming and death in Middle Eastern nations
    Whereas Barack Obamas public refusal to enforce DOMA and immigration laws arguably constitute at minimum a misdemeanor and at maximum a high crime since such demonstrates an intentional abrogation of presidential duties
    Whereas Barack Obama, by failure to produce clear and convincing proof (such as a birth certificate, school records, medical records, etc.) that he is a natural born citizen under Article II, Section 1 and thus qualified to be president of the United States, has created mass confusion and chaos for the American people whose care he has been entrusted
    Whereas U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has, in the face of massive evidence of voter intimidation at a Philadelphia area polling place in the November 2008 election, willfully chosen not to prosecute the Black Panthers responsible for the egregious civil rights violations committed
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    And whereas Barack Obama and Eric Holder, both by their actions and inactions, have created civil unrest across America, the likes of which is unprecedented in modern time and arguably in the country’s history.
    We the People of the United States of America call on Congressman Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Chairman, and the entire Judiciary Committee to expeditiously file impeachment charges against Barack Obama, putative President of the United States, and Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General.
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  • Just Me

    As someone from Texas who is not in the National Guard and not gay and not related to anyone in the National Guard (so this does not directly apply to me in any way) I have to say that it will probably take the Fed taking their money away until the state complies….or Wendy winning.

  • Tacomas

    Yep. Nationalize those Guard
    units and station them in states that will comply. Oh, and next time
    there’s a disaster? No help.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I see the Obozo bots are out today.

  • caileigh

    you cant demote an officer to enlisted, doesnt work that way in addition since theyre officers who havent actually done anything wrong (it was the politions) they can just quit AND retirement pay is based on highest paid years

  • MichaelS

    Thank you for the clarification… I’m all about using the proper tool for the job, and your suggestion makes a lot of sense. But that makes this administration’s lack of firm response all the more unforgivable.

    I reiterate my original statement below, that I do not blame Perry — no more than I would blame a coyote for attacking a rabbit that chose not to defend itself and run. The Rabbit-in-Chief just sits there doing nothing while the Texas coyote circles him and salivates. Yes, the coyote’s intentions are cruel… but once his motives are known, if the rabbit still refuses to do anything at all to protect itself, then it’s the rabbit’s own damn fault, and I expect the coyote will enjoy a wonderful rabbit meal. Unfortunately, where the analogy fails is that the rest of us will have to suffer for this President’s cowardice, inaction, ineptitude, or whatever it is that has made him so damn ineffectual.
    Even W — arguably the stupidest President of this generation — was a stronger and more forceful leader.

  • SFM

    Various comments mention “nationalizing” the National Guard of states defying Pentagon directives to treat all service members equally under the law. The term is “federalize,” not “nationalize.” Although the President has the authority to federalize the National Guard of any state in the union, to do so would be like using an atom bomb to kill a flea. The President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau in D.C. have much more refined instruments of persuasion. For example, the Secretary of Defense could revoke federal recognition of any state commission held by any officer of any state’s Army or Air National Guard, effectively ending that officer’s career. Defiant GOP governor’s could find themselves seeing Adjutant General after Adjutant General (the head of each state’s National Guard) losing his or her federal commissions as fast as the hapless governors could appoint replacements. The result would lead swiftly to an uproar in each rebel state’s officer corps; an uproar directed squarely at the GOP governors who are pulling this stunt. People riding bikes shouldn’t play chicken with a Mack Truck. Let us hope that Secretary Hagel makes this clear to the current crop of delusional neo-confederates before anymore damage is done to the National Guard’s morale, good order and discipline.

  • MichaelS

    I don’t blame Perry… I blame OBAMA. He refuses to assert his authority and nationalize their Guard, or stop the federal payments. He’s just too goddam chicken. None of his opponents fear him (they brag about this, by the way…). NONE. Including both domestic and foreign adversaries.

    If the Repugs weren’t so damn crazy, I swear I would have considered abandoning this chicken-in-chief…

  • Ninong

    LOL

  • Thom Allen

    Perry and all the other Texan and non-Texan Republicon conservative tea party slime are all probably already immortalized in this museum of dicks http://americablog.com/2013/11/icelands-penis-museum-gets-new-member.html

  • Indigo

    Rick Perry was elected to office. These “millions of minorities” have their work cut out if Mr. Perry does not represent their political values.

  • Guest

    And that is when I say the LGBT National Guard members of Texas need to physically put those f@#king ingrates in their place. If they will not give you what rightly belongs to you willingly than you take it forcibly. Stop being their slaves. F@#K THEM UP! Ingrates should be squashed like the insects they are.

  • nicho

    Well, aren’t you just the most charming troll.

  • Dakotahgeo

    What they need to do is cede all problematic right wing people to Russia and China. Garment factories will straighten them out quickly.

  • nicho

    Zimmerman is Rick Perry’s secret boyfriend.

  • Dakotahgeo

    rick perry simply IS the problem!!!

  • Dakotahgeo

    This is the best solution I’ve heard yet! Make damn sure the traitorous soldiers never hold another job, military or civilian, in their lives. Nationalize away!! Or literally defund the whole state national guard into non-existence!

  • Thom Allen

    Congrats to South Carolina for showing true equality to ALL members of the military. I’m sure that during the next campaign, all of the Repubs in South Carolina who favor sending their National Guard on this wild goose chase, will say how much they SUPPORT the military.

  • Jim Olson

    Doesn’t it already?

  • Anonymous

    Just like the policemen arresting gay men for sodomy in 2013. Trying to take the law into their own hands and be “activists.” Pathetic.

  • Matt Rogers

    It’s a little more complicated than that. Texas has millions of people living in major cities like Austin, Dallas, and Houston that are largely progressive and Democratic. If a large number of people left the state, how could they all find jobs in this anemic economy?

    This is really a non-issue, though. Even Rick Perry doesn’t dare overtly suggest that the state should secede. Instead, he hints ominously at the possibility. It’s one of his dog whistles to the right-wing fringe. I’d venture that the chances of Texas actually seceding are close to nil.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Daddy Bear

    Of course he won’t. Why in the world would a Republican President do such a thing?

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Daddy Bear

    What makes you think Mexico will have them?
    :-P

  • FLL

    Kennedy nationalized the Alabama state national guard to get past George Wallace and let black students register at the University of Alabama. Even though that situation was high in drama, giving same-sex married couples the benefits they deserve is just as important. And what Texas is doing amounts to rebellion, just as what Wallace was doing.

  • FLL

    Very “cult of personality,” which is never helpful.

  • douglas01

    Nationalize the Guard and demote the leadership down to buck private and their goes their pensions. Hit em when it hurts. . . in the pocketbook.

  • Palto

    This coming from the moron who posted a link to an article that has nothing to do with this issue.

  • Palto

    What does Zimmerman have to do with this article?

  • Jim Olson

    So? Set up refugee resettlements. Let the people who want to leave. Help them do so. The rest of the bigots can stay there behind their big belt buckles and whatever. We’d just move the fence further north and see how they like being annexed to Mexico.

  • Jim Olson

    Yep. Nationalize those Guard units and station them in states that will comply. Oh, and next time there’s a disaster? No help.

  • nicho

    Meanwhile, George Zimmerman has been arrested for assault and battery on his girlfriend, while using a shotgun.

    http://boston.com/news/nation/2013/11/18/george-zimmerman-charged-with-assault-battery/tCDMaY9fyn3jRR63L5MDKL/story.html

    Told her not to wear that hoodie.

  • nicho

    Another deluded member of Obozo’s cult of poisonality.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Seems to me these Republican governors are practically begging the DoD and the president to nationalize their state National Guard units and all their assigned defense assets.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Someday the phrase ‘support our troops’ will be used to mean:

    * Don’t lie about the reasons for a war
    * Don’t send them off to get killed or maimed in unnecessary wars
    * Provide them with bullet proof vests and armored humvees before the war starts.
    * Respect their civil liberties

    Instead it seems to mean mouth empty phrases, wave some rags and vote to spend money of pork barrel procurement projects.

  • Rickster Rickster

    you are vile. your disrespect of the president is disgusting. gays have gained rights because of president Obama you sack of sh*t.

  • Mighty

    I wish people would quit saying they wish states would secede. They would be leaving millions of minorities, women, lgbt, liberals to the equivalent of Russia.

  • caphillprof

    All he needs to do is nationalize the guard in those states in non-compliance and then work to move the federal National Guard money to those states in compliance.

  • cole3244

    rick perry has many problems too numerous to list.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Excellent article John. It points up a critical Constitutional crises. Kennedy had the balls to face this Southern treason before, but I doubt if Obozo has the vision or will.

  • Indigo

    I have mixed feelings about that because I’d be delighted to see Texas secede from the Union. Then again I’d be equally delighted to see Perry outed or dragged before the High Court where that namby-pamby Chief Justice would finally have to weigh his own bigotry against actual laws.

  • Whitewitch

    The children will never play nice…I hope they all burn in hell.

  • FLL

    It depends on when the documentation about Perry’s gay liaisons reaches critical mass. The longest standing story, from circa 2004, is that Perry’s wife, Anita, caught Perry in bed with Geoff Connor, his secretary of state at the time. Apparently, Anita has a big mouth; she ranted and raved about it to her entire office staff and threatened to sue for divorce. Links to that story and others are (here) and (here).

  • FUFatherEisenman

    First question Perry should be asked if he runs for president: What action would you take if a governor refused to abide by the law of the country that was upheld by the SC? Then quote this action.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Wonder when he’ll be outed successfully.

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