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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey walk with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert to lay a wreath at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. Sept. 17, 2013. The defense leaders held the small ceremony to remember the 12 victims of the Navy Yard shooting that took place the day prior. The wreath was placed adjacent to
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, has told Texas to stop discriminating.
Texas is still looking for—and finding—ways to discriminate against its LGBT service members, despite Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explicitly telling Texas and eight other states to stop discriminating and start giving equal benefits to all married couples. The Texas Military Force, which includes the state's National Guard, is now refusing to process housing allowances for service members in same-sex marriages, saying it offer benefits from state facilities because of the state's ban on marriage equality. This forces couples instead to travel to federal installations to apply. Texas being a very large state, that can mean hundreds of miles of extra travel to get the benefits to which they're legally entitled.

Oh, but Texas claims it's all fine and good, because it's not actually stopping people from getting their housing allowances, just making them really difficult to get:

“We want every gay National Guard member entitled to benefits to obtain those benefits,” said Texas Military Forces spokeswoman Laura Lopez. “We are not denying any benefits for people who are entitled to them, to include housing.”

Lopez added that gay couples who have been approved for the “with dependent” housing allowance will “absolutely get that rate.”

"But not until we've made it crystal clear that they're second-class citizens, because we're disgusting bigots" she might as well have added.
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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 06:39 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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