La. Nat'l Guard won't process same-sex benefits
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard said Wednesday, it will not assist legally married gay service men and women in applying for same-sex partner benefits through the armed forces.
"The State of Louisiana constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow an official to take part," a Guard spokesperson told WBRZ News 2. "We will defer those individuals to seek guidance" from federal establishments, he added.
A day earlier, gays in the military were able to begin applying for benefits after the Pentagon announced it would recognize same-sex marriages.
But that same day, Texas told gay and lesbian couples are being told to go to federal military bases to get ID cards and apply for health coverage. Mississippi officials say same-sex couples can apply on federally owned National Guard bases, but not on state property.
Like Louisiana, both states have bans on gay marriage. However, numerous other states that also ban gay marriage are following the Pentagon's directive.
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