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
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
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