Thursday, November 21, 2013

Oklahoma Crude

It’s pretty hard to imagine someone could be this homophobic without carrying a brickbat or running a megachurch:

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act means that service members with same-sex spouses are now eligible for federal benefits. Fallin’s unusual tactic is designed to avoid having to recognize those couples, which she asserts would violate Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman…

She’s really grasping at straws to make the case that the constitutional ban on marriage equality has anything to do with federal benefits.  Even if it does, it’s still a hell of a thing to do to people — straight, gay, or otherwise — whose job is to help and protect the citizens of the state in times of need, like recover from a tornado.  It takes a real shitheel to do something like that.

4 barks and woofs on “Oklahoma Crude

  1. This is actually right out of the Thatcher/Churchill playbook. During the Thatcher government, the LGBT community voiced the complaint that foreign spouses of UK citizens were permitted UK benefits (DHSS, NHS, etc) but same-sex partners weren’t. Thatcher’s government cancelled the entire set of benefits for all non-citizen partners rather than expand it for same-sex couples.

    Anything but surprising for these volk.

  2. ♬ Brick-bats keep Fallin on my head… ♬

    I believe Oklahoma, far from being OK, is one of the few states worse than Texas for gay residents and politically progressive people of all sorts. Louisiana is another. I have literally turned down jobs offered to me from businesses or schools in those states.

    (Here’s hoping you have the character set set to Unicode; otherwise those musical notes above will come out crap…)

  3. Hint (as if it really needs to be said): (R) = Real shitheel. Whether it’s Fallin, Scott, Walker, Christie, Fat-Ass Paul LePage (he of more chins than a Chinatown phone book) or Rafael Eduardo Hijo de Puta Cruz, Canadian-born anchor baby spawn of cigar-sucking Cuban émigré, Castro supporter and Desi Arnaz wannabe Rafael Bienvenido Chinga tu Madre Cruz, having that (R) after a name means the person’s a dickhead.

  4. There’ll be a lawsuit in 3…2…1. She’ll lose, and the state will have to pay fines, court costs, etc. Can OK afford it?

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