Fallin: Federal Employees to Only Process Same-Sex Benefits - WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Fallin: Federal Employees to Only Process Same-Sex Benefits

Posted: Updated:

Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma National Guard facilities and employees who are paid with state tax dollars won't process benefits for married, same-sex couples.

Fallin said Wednesday that all marriage benefits - including same-sex benefits - will be processed by federal employees at four federally owned National Guard facilities and at the state's five military bases.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week ordered the National Guard to comply with federal rules recognizing same sex benefits. But Fallin says the Oklahoma Constitution explicitly defines marriage as between a man and a woman and prohibits marriage benefits for same sex couples.

Fallin says the decision allows the National Guard to obey state law without violating federal rules or policies and protects the integrity of the state Constitution and its marriage guidelines.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Top Videos

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow

ABCNews4 WCIV-TV

888 Allbritton Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-881-4444 | Advertising Information

Public Information File

For assistance with accessing WCIV-TV's public information file, click here.

Advertising

Advertising Credit Application and Terms and Conditions PDF.

Powered by WorldNow
All content Copyright © 2014 WCIV and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.