Fallin halts soldier benefits for same-sex couples

By: SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
By: SEAN MURPHY Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the Oklahoma National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the goveror was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment that specifically prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.

Because of that prohibition, Weintz says the governor's legal staff advised the Oklahoma National Guard not to process requests for benefits from gay couples.

Weintz says same-sex couples that have been legally married in other states still can apply for those benefits at a federal facility, like Tinker Air Force Base, rather than a state-operated facility.

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