The group said the affected service member had chosen to remain anonymous with the public due to concerns about retaliation affecting her career and because of a “clear absence of protection under the Department of Defense or Texas Military Forces non-discrimination policy.”
“By refusing to treat same-gender military couples equally, the Texas Military Forces, under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, is creating a hostile climate of discrimination and has sent a strong message that Department of Defense policies and direct orders by the secretary of defense will not be followed,” said AMPA president Stephen Peters.
The Texas National Guard on Monday insisted that it is not denying benefits to same-sex couples, despite its requirement that gays must apply for the housing rate at federal installations.
“We want every gay National Guard member entitled to benefits to obtain those benefits,” said Texas Military Forces spokeswoman Laura Lopez. “We are not denying any benefits for people who are entitled to them, to include housing.”
Lopez added that gay couples who have been approved for the “with dependent” housing allowance will “absolutely get that rate.”
Texas is one of six states that have refused to issue military IDs to gay spouses, telling same-sex couples they must apply for benefits at federal installations because their laws or constitutions prohibit the recognition of gay marriage. ‘The other states include Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
National Guard units fall under the jurisdiction of both the federal government and their respective states, giving them a unique status among military forces.
Earlier this month, Hagel directed the head of the National Guard Bureau, which acts as a liaison between the states and federal government, to meet with the adjutants general of the noncompliant states to resolve the issue. Indiana, which had delayed its decision on the matter, said soon thereafter that it would process benefits for same-sex couples at state facilities.