Camp Mabry http://tpr.org en ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals http://tpr.org/post/aclu-petition-seeking-dod-action-national-guard-benefit-refusals <p>In response to the decision of several state National Guard posts to not process federal benefits for same-sex military couples, the <a href="https://www.aclu.org/secure/stop-denying-benefits-same-sex-couples-serving-national-guard" target="_blank">ACLU has started a petition</a> that already has thousands of signatures online.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Once they have enough signatures, they plan to submit the petition to the Department of Defense in hopes that the DOD will take action against the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas National Guards for their inaction on same-sex benefits.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:36:53 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18638 at http://tpr.org ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott http://tpr.org/post/texas-national-guard-getting-legal-help-abbott <p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has formally announced he will provide the Texas National Guard a legal opinion regarding the group’s decision to not process federal benefits for same-sex families.</p><p>This month sections of the Defense of Marriage Act were repealed for same-sex couples in the military and working for the federal government. The Texas National Guard cited the state Constitution as their reason for not processing these families and asked Abbott for his help on the issue.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:40:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18161 at http://tpr.org Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott Battle Brewing Between Texas National Guard & Pentagon Over Same-Sex Partner Benefits http://tpr.org/post/battle-brewing-between-texas-national-guard-pentagon-over-same-sex-partner-benefits <p></p><p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> The issue with the Texas National Guard's refusal to process same-sex couple benefits raises a deciding question: Can the Texas National Guard refuse a Pentagon directive? Also on this show: The Affordable Care Act and undocumented immigrants, insurance premiums with the ACA and Bible verses on high school football banners.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:43:52 +0000 David Martin Davies 18041 at http://tpr.org Battle Brewing Between Texas National Guard & Pentagon Over Same-Sex Partner Benefits Same-Sex Military Couple Denied Federal Benefits By Texas National Guard http://tpr.org/post/same-sex-military-couple-denied-federal-benefits-texas-national-guard <p>This week the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of sections of the Defense Of Marriage Act kicked in for same-sex federal employees and military personnel, which allows gay and lesbian couples to register for federal benefits.</p><p>So Austin attorney Alicia Butler and her wife, who is an Army nurse that served during the Iraq War, set out to register at the Army National Guard post at Camp Mabry.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17860 at http://tpr.org Same-Sex Military Couple Denied Federal Benefits By Texas National Guard