12H sends us a link from US News which tells of the problems that the DoD’s decision to grant dependent status to same sex couples is causing among the various states in contradiction to their own laws;
Texas was the first of nine states that have said it will not issue military identity cards to the same-sex spouses of troops within their National Guard units. The Department of defense lifted its ban on gays serving openly in the military following the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. In September the Department of Defense began issuing full military benefits to the spouses of these gay troops.
The state of Texas, followed by Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia have all declined to issue the cards to National Guard troops, citing potential conflicts between these new federal policies and state laws at home.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is furious about this, I guess, because he doesn’t understand that state governments have laws of their own because the 10th Amendment guarantees that States have a right to their own laws.
“This is wrong,” [Hagel] said. “It causes division among the ranks, and it furthers prejudice, which DOD has fought to extinguish.”
Under Hagel’s orders, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass will meet with each of these states’ adjutant general, who commands the state National Guard when it isn’t federalized. These officers will be “expected to comply with both lawful direction and DOD policy, in line with the practices of 45 other states and jurisdictions,” the secretary said.
I guess like everything else this administration does, they only half-assed their assessment of the scope of their pronouncement. Sending an emissary to the various states won’t change the laws, will it?