While the Texas National Guard has been refusing to comply with federal regulations regarding registering same-sex spouses for benefits, a lesbian couple has now been denied a housing allowance.
Texas began refusing to register same-sex spouses on bases several months ago, referring them to federal bases.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced earlier this month that he would direct all state units to register same-sex souses. But several states, including Texas, have continued to refuse to register them.
Now an Austin couple has been denied a housing allowance granted to married opposite-sex couples because the Guard is refusing to recognize the marriage for state or federal purposes.
Cassaundra StJohn, the member’s spouse, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. The service member does not want to be identified because of her rank.
Chris Rowzee, spokeswoman for American Military Partner Association, a group that supports LGBT military members and their families, said the couple recently married in New Mexico and while there registered at a federal military base in Albuquerque. But then the service member returned to Texas and applied for the housing allowance “with a dependent rate.” The benefit is a federal one that married military members are legally entitled to.