“Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples”

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/11/us/texas-and-5-other-states-resist-processing-benefits-for-gay-couples.html

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Judith Chedville is a Texas Army National Guard. She is married to her wife, Alicia Butler, who happens to be a woman. They have a precious daughter, Jordan that they care for and love. They were married in California, which means they have an official California marriage license dated 2008. The couple “went to Austin’s Camp Mabry so Ms. Butler could get a military spouse identification card and register for the same federal marriage benefits provided to wives and husbands of heterosexual service members.”

They ran into some trouble when trying to get Ms. Butler a license. Texas is “refusing to comply with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.”

This social injustice is unacceptable. When will Texas change? How much longer will they fight against something that is not right?

 

Victory For Gay Advocates

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/san-antonio-adopts-disputed-gay-rights-measure-96362.html

SAN ANTONIO!

I would like to personally applaud you.

Anti-bias protections for LGBT people has been passed in San Antonio. [Fireworks go off.]

As the 7th largest city in our nation, that’s a strong feat to accomplish. Also, because Texas is highly regarded as a Conservative state, this is a pleasant surprise.

“Dee Villarubia, 67, said she’s a former Air Force officer whose landlord at a San Antonio apartment evicted her two years ago because she is gay. “When I say the pledge of allegiance, I say ‘justice for some’ because there’s an asterisk that means not me,” Villarubia said. “Today, I would take that asterisk away and finally say ‘justice for all.'”

How disrespectful is that? For someone to evict a FORMER AIR FORCE OFFICER for being gay, really? Talk about unpatriotic.

“Victories for gay rights advocates have been elusive in the Republican-controlled Texas Capitol. They’ve had more success on a local level: Houston has a lesbian mayor, and Austin offers health benefits for same-sex couples. Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and El Paso are among the Texas cities that already have anti-bias ordinances of varying scope. Conservative pushback in San Antonio was notable coming on the turf of Castro, a rising star who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last year. The opposition in his backyard was a weed in Castro’s narrative that San Antonio embraces the kind of political values that will soon spread statewide and turn Texas blue.”

Ahh…the sound of Texas becoming a blue state.

Hopefully the passing of this ordinance will successfully spread peace to San Antonio in the LGBT community.

Peace and blessings.