Haslam Hasn’t Blocked Same-Sex National Guard Benefits, But Then Again, Nobody’s Applied

 

Haslam speaks at a Rotary and Kiwanis Club luncheon in Springfield, Tennessee, where he addressed current issues. Credit: Leah Johnson/WPLN

Haslam speaks at a Rotary and Kiwanis Club luncheon in Springfield, Tennessee, where he addressed current issues. Credit: Leah Johnson/WPLN

The federal government says National Guardsmen are now able to receive benefits for their same-sex partners. Some states are attempting to block this Pentagon-issued directive by not processing applications. When asked, Governor Bill Haslam said he has yet to be faced with that decision.

“I haven’t.  I actually don’t know of one, of a Tennessee Guardsmen that has made the application,” Haslam said.

The Tennessee state guard is a reserve force of the US Army that falls directly under the orders of the governor. Haslam said when the time comes would like to consult lawyers and guardsmen before making any official decisions.

Micah Bradley and Leah Johnson contributed to this report.

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