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When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was sworn into office, she promised in her oath to “offend the Constitution of the United States.” Many at the time assumed it was a blunder. But as it turns out, Gov. Fallin is true to her word.
In September, Fallin vowed to prohibit Oklahoma’s National Guard from providing benefits to married same-sex couples, directly violating a Pentagon directive and apresidential decree. Now, after a Pentagon pushback, Fallin has doubled down, cutting spousal benefits for the entire Oklahoma National Guard, including straight couples. The Republican governor, in other words, would rather deny every soldier benefits than grant a few gay ones the rights they have been federally guaranteed. Her painfully mangled logic:
Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.
The state elected a governor who, on her very first day in office, swore “to offend” the United States constitution. We can fault Fallin for many things. But we certainly can’t accuse her of going back on her word.
reply to post by Grimpachi
Oklahoma isn't the only one doing this, but it's one that pisses off Washington in ways few outside Texas manage these days, so it's getting the focus. The whole issue is in the first part. Presidential Decree. That's precisely what it is, and it makes it a states rights issue. That's no biggy to many, but it's a very serious and personal (personally expensive in some ways) battle being fought by a number of 'fly over' states, on several issues.
If Congress passed a new law, as our system was designed to do this, I'll bet she'd follow it. If she didn't, it might even be cause to remove her from office, I'm betting. As it stands though, not everyone responds to Presidential decrees well, and despite having a very Washington friendly governor here in Missouri, we're very much in line of thinking on the States rights issue with Oklahoma.
it's a very unfortunate thing to see the push and hard shove BACK up Washington's tailpipe first come on this particular issue. It had to be one of a few, and this happened to be pushed first. This is only the start of much much more to come across many states. It'll be an interesting year.
How a state handles it's national guard for internal policy isn't dictated by White House decree, or won't be tolerated that way if it's going to be tried.