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Oklahama won't offer benefits to same-gender military spouses

WASHINGTON – The governor of Oklahoma has ordered the state's National Guard to stop processing military benefits for same-gender spouses, defying Defense Department policy.

After processing same-gender spouses on Sept. 3 as directed by the Defense Department, the Oklahoma National Guard is now joining the ranks of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in discriminating against the spouses of gay and lesbian service members.

The decision befuddled the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), a leading resource and support network for LGBT military families.

“Since the governor of Oklahoma has decided to join Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana in playing politics with our military families, we need immediate and decisive action from the Administration and the Defense Department in affirming that all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, will be treated equally," said Stephen Peters, president of AMPA.

"Our military families should not be left vulnerable to the prejudice of state governors, and the Defense Department must use it's control of federal funds to stop this discrimination.”

For more information about the American Military Partner Association and LGBT military families, please visit HERE.