Equality advocates disappointed with Governor's National Guard directive
Governor Mary Fallin has ordered the Oklahoma National Guard stop processing benefit applications from same sex couples. She calls it is unconstitutional for a state-run facility, citing the state amendment passed by voters banning gay marriage in Oklahoma. Many Oklahomans reacting to her decision, said if that's the case, it might be time to change the constitution itself.Related: Oklahoma Governor Fallin halts soldier benefits for same-sex couples
"It made me sad. It made me angry. This is just another slap in the face," Scott Hamilton, the executive director for the Cimarron Alliance Equality Center, said. "It's just mean spirited and it serves no purpose except to say that we are still not welcome in Oklahoma."
Hamilton hopes Fallin will rethink the order."I don't know why the governor and so many of the legislators have a hard time to see this kind of thing puts Oklahoma in such a negative light when it comes to the rest of the country," Hamilton said.Some weighing in on the FOX 25 Facebook page say the governor had no choice but to pass the directive, because it upholds the law. Other say it may be time to put gay marriage to another vote."I think it's time for some change. I definitely think it's time for change and so if that's what it takes to get that done, than that's we need to do," Lynne Rakowitz said.Many agreed that change needs to happen in Oklahoma.
"That's just like saying no because of the color of their skin. It's not right," Dayanaria Wilson said.