NC National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

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Submitted: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 5:24pm
Updated: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 8:29pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina National Guard will begin recognizing same-sex marriages.

Lt. Col. Maury A. Williams said Monday the guard will abide by US Department of Defense orders extending federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of uniformed service members. Williams said couples who wed in states where same-sex marriage is legal could begin applying for benefits immediately.

The announcement comes a week after National Guard officials in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana announced they will refuse to follow the Pentagon’s policy. All three states led by socially conservative Republican governors.

The change comes two months after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal law forbidding recognition of same-sex unions. North Carolina voters approved a Constitutional amendment in 2012 limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

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  • Guest2012 says:

    Guest 321321, somehow you managed to spell “proclivities” correctly, but failed at the English contraction for “you are.”
    Remember not to be confused with Yore or your.

    Also, please remember in the future that it is next to impossible to INSULT a Patriot and his/her parents and get away with it, right Wilmington?

    Thank you to the parents who raised their son or daughter to be a wholesome young person.

  • Guest151819 says:

    They don’t belong in the military?? And what makes you so special? You sit here typing away with your freedom of which they are out there protecting and giving you, possibly laying down their life if need be while you disgracefully sit here and trash talk them!!! Let me ask you again..what makes you a better person?? In my eyes they are by a million, you are what this country needs to rid of…discrimation and hate!

  • Guest2020 says:

    Since don’t ask, don’t tell was repealed, the number of rapes in the military have risen. The number of men being raped has increased more than the number of women being raped.

    Not to mention the fact that military personnel are punished if they offer a religious objection to homosexuals in the military. I guess it’s more important for a chosen, perverted behavior to be accepted while others are having their freedom of religion denied to them.

    So please go on about how great it is to have homosexuals in the military.

  • Guestwho says:

    I haven’t been on this website for a while, so I’ve forgotten how ignorant so many of its readers are. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Ignorant because I do not have the same belief system as you. A man having oral and anal sex with another man does not belong in the military especially in the officer ranks. Like I said if you want to be a bartender in downtown Wilmington you will fit in just fine.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Look your not going to bait me into hurling gay slurs. I believe everyone has the right to be happy. I do not think the military has to go along with everything that is happening in the civilian world. That is why they have a military code of justice which is obviously not in lock step with the civilian court system. The percentage of gays in the military has got to be much smaller than in the civilian world.

    Please do not ever make your comments personal as though there is the chance my son is gay. He wants to be part of something special and would not have chosen this path if he was.If he was gay he would just have gone to uncw or cfcc and worked as a food server downtown where he could freely flaunt his sexuality.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Its called morality. Look it up.

  • Not Politically Correct says:

    God has slowly been taken out of everything and this is what happens. They have been slowly doing this for years. Wal mart just announced the same thing and I do not support them anymore now I must not back the NC National Guard

  • Guest121212 says:

    I am in disbelief at all the negative comments by all of you! Jesus also taught to judge not a person by what they do but by their character and heart! You should all be ashamed of your complete insults to these people that serve your country with honor, respect, and duty!!! It’s more than all of you have stood up and done for your country, instead your on here posting degrading statements about people who want to the right to live like the rest of us! If you don’t like it, go to your nearest national guard office; enlist and have more balls than petty crap your putting on here! I’m happily married to a military man ( yes I’m a woman you losers ) and he and I support this right! Everyone in the USA deserves every right every citizen is allowed, if you don’t like…. Move to Canada!!! End of story you horrible soulless people… Talk about god, well I hope he forgives all of you for having so much hate and discrimination!!

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    I suppose though…if the Eskimo’s were to come down and invade us in “Full Force”…Joe Blow could care less who the soldiers were married to, as long as the National Guard guys and gals SHOOT BACK!!!!
    Does this rule go for them dating too???

    The End

  • anne says:

    Dear One of They,

    If you think accepting same sex marriage is “changing for the better” then you are one sick puppy! It is perversion, pure and simple, and must be stood against. And no I am not bigoted. I go by what The Holy Bible, you know, God’s Word says. Homosexuality is an abomination in God’s eyes. You might want to read it.

  • Guest123123 says:

    Why is it that you have to get so upset and mean spirited when someone just disagrees with your opinion. It is my belief that homosexuality is not right. I am not even basing this on any religious belief. It is just what I believe. If your parents approved of your relationship who am I to judge them. Please do not judge me just because I feel a certain way about a topic of discussion. I was Honorably Discharged from the US Air Force and was commenting on a subject that effects my son, who is a fine young man and has chosen to do something special with his life, as compared to so many young people these days. Calling someone a bigot just because they have a strong opinion different from yours doesn’t make me a bad person but it does make you seem less tolerant a person than you think you are.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Bullets may not discriminate, but people do. The incidents of rape in the military are up since don’t ask don’t tell was lifted. The number of male rape victims have increased more than female rape victims since don’t ask don’t tell was lifted. When you allow immorality to infiltrate the ranks, then the immoral start taking liberties that they do not have a right to.

    In addition to that, Christians in the military, who oppose homosexuality are being unfairly targeted. People on the left spend so much time teaching “tolerance” when they don’t know the meaning of the word. If they believed what they taught then those of us who oppose homosexuality, oppose the military allowing homosexuals in, and oppose homosexual “marriage”, wouldn’t be discriminated against. We would be allowed to exercise our freedom of speech in giving our opinions on anything. We would also be allowed to exercise our freedom of religion without adverse effects.

    The left doesn’t believe in the tolerance of everyone’s views. They only believe in the tolerance of those who agree with them.

  • Guest123123 says:

    This is not what I envisioned for the military when I sent my son off to West Point. Can there at least be one area of life they do not have to invade.

  • Guest321321 says:

    …your bedroom, if your opposed to that. Otherwise, how do you know your West Pointer doesn’t have those proclivities?

  • one of they in the ILM says:

    I am “they”. I wouldn’t be surprised that with an attitude like that your son might be one of “they”, too. My dad served in the Marine Corps for 29 years from E1 to O5—he and my mom both enjoyed meeting and bringing into our family my ex-boyfriend: the Harrier pilot. It must be awful to be a frightened OLD man in a world that is changing for the better all around him. Who is the “they” in your family? An uncle? An aunt? A cousin? A brother? Bullets in war don’t discriminate. Luckily, “they” who serve our country are noble enough to understand that when defending this country it also means protecting all Americans—sadly even some like you who wallow in their bigotry. I’m sorry that it’s not 1959—the world must be a very scary place to you.

  • Guest2020 says:

    That is one of many reasons I discouraged my cousin’s son and my daughter’s boyfriend from joining the military. In addition to them allowing this perversion to permeate through the ranks, Christians are punished for being opposed to it. And these unnecessary wars that the federal government insists on sending our young people into.

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