Hagel blasts states on same-sex benefits policy

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  • Contrariusiest mid-state, TN
    Nov. 1, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    ""Not only does this violate the states' obligation under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they're entitled to," he said."

    Good for Hagel.

    @worf --

    "There are more serious matters facing this country then same sex marriage."

    Really? You wouldn't think so, given all the predictions of the apocalypse that have been flying around. Try telling all the religious conservatives that there are bigger things for them to be worrying about -- like the heterosexual divorce rate, or rising poverty rates, or the defunding of education, and so on.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Nov. 1, 2013 6:13 a.m.


    There's no reason we can't deal with multiple issues at one time in this country.

    Civil rights are as important as any other issue we face.

    The individual states need to realize that we are ONE country, not a conglomeration of many small countries. Except for same-sex marriages, no other group has their marriages automatically annulled when the couples cross state lines. That is NOT equal treatment of all citizens and it is not Constitutional.

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Nov. 1, 2013 4:06 a.m.

    Mcallen, TX
    There are more serious matters facing this country then same sex marriage.

    Really? Really? Do you mean that States who rudely deny the Federal benefits to lawful military spouses should do so, because you don't like same sex marriage?

    The issue is done -- All military spouses must be treated equally, when legally married.
    Would you single out some of our brave military for 2nd class status?

    What you are saying is simply an excuse to deny rights, since the States' complying would take no substantial effort. You are simply agreeing with some States giving a rude gesture toward Washington and this President.

    I suggest, since we are on and lds website, that you talk to Jesus about this -- maybe He will enlighten you.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 31, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    There are more serious matters facing this country then same sex marriage.