The Department of Defense is seeking another round of base closings - very political decisions that can be devastating to the regions impacted. Congress has been resistive, but with the strained budget and military over capacity it makes a lot of sense.
Perhaps the decisions can be a bit easier this time.. High ranking members of the military weighed in on same sex marriage noting that in a military with LGBT members it is mission critical to support families at home for soldiers deployed overseas - particularly those in harm's way. They were strong supporters of same sex marriage.
Unfortunately these unions are not recognized in many states - a couple has rights on base that go away as soon as they leave the gates. They can't own property as a married couple, have to deal with a different tax structure, have their children treated differently, and are not "next of kin" should one of them end up in the hospital or worse. These states are disrespecting members of the armed forces along with some of their own civilian citizens.
It makes sense to negatively weight bases in states that don't allow same sex marriages when making the decision to close bases. It would be make the military's mission - and the soldier's lives - easier.
Of course there are other factors, but perhaps this should be 10 or 20 percent of the decision.
I wonder how long those driven by bigotry and fear will continue to fight fundamental rights?