After the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA in June, the Pentagon said that all soldiers with legal same-sex spouses of military personnel were eligible for the same benefits given to opposite-sex spouses. But many anti-gay governors have refused such benefits to National Guard members in their state. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to fix that.
HAGEL: All spouses of service members are entitled to DoD ID cards, and the benefits that come with them. But several states today are refusing to issue these IDs to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities. Not only does this violate the states’ obligations under federal law, but their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they’re entitled to.
This is wrong. It causes division among our ranks, and it furthers prejudice, which DoD has fought to extinguish, as has the ADL.
Today, I directed the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass, to take immediate action to remedy this situation. At my direction, he will meet with the Adjutants General from the states where these ID cards are being declined and denied. The Adjutants General will be expected to comply with both lawful direction and DoD policy, in line with the practices of 45 other states and jurisdictions.
But remember, these conservative bigots “support the troops.” Unless the troops are gay, then they can go to hell.