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U.S. Military Trying to Give Gay Couples 'Special Benefits' Claims Sen. Jim Inhofe

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., attacked a proposed policy on Thursday that would give gay couples in the U.S. military a few days of uncharged leave to travel to states where they can legally marry.

Currently, there are only 13 states that allow gay marriage, which Inhofe neglected to mention in his letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Instead, Inhofe objected to what he called “special uncharged leave benefits” for gay couples, which he claims would discriminate against opposite-sex couples who do not get extra time off to get married, notes The Oklahoman.

However, Inhofe did not mention that opposite-sex couples can get married in all 50 states and do not need extra time off to travel to be wed.

"I firmly support the Department of Defense’s stated commitment to ensuring that all men and women who serve our country and their families should be treated fairly and equally," Inhofe wrote, according to "However, this change in policy will create disparate treatment between same-sex and opposite-sex couples in our armed forces contrary to the department’s stated policy."

On his government website, Inhofe states: "I strongly oppose the Obama administration’s attack on traditional marriage and attempts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  I am proud of my pro-family record, and I believe that traditional marriage is best for the nurturing and development of children, and, as such, is critical to the success of our nation."

However, the Obama administration has never advocated any changes to "traditional marriage," which firmly remains, regardless of gay marriage. Also, Inhofe does not mention that gay couples can adopt children with or without marriage.

Sources:, The Oklahoman,


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